GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- While it took longer than expected, the Ogden Raptors delivered on a solid victory to wrap up a Pioneer League road trip in style on Wednesday night.
Spencer Navin ripped a two-run double with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, and teammate Jacob Rhame tossed a perfect 1-2-3 finish in the bottom of the inning to help the Raptors forge a 10-8 victory over the Grand Junction Rockies late Wednesday at Suplizio Field.
Both teams immediately jumped on buses out of town; the Raptors return to host the Orem Owlz for four games; the Rockies had even farther to travel to face the Idaho Falls Chukars.
New Rockies pitcher Scott Firth came on in the top of the 11th, and got the first two Ogden batters to fly out.
But Joey Curletta singled into right field, and Alex Santana wrangled a walk.
Navin then ripped a drive past the right fielder to score the two and give Ogden the edge.
In the bottom of the inning, Rhame came on and shut the door on any Grand Junction comeback hopes, setting down Ryan McMahon, Jairo Rosario and Miguelle Dilone on strikes with a 90-plus mph fastball.
Valdes and Curletta each had three hits for the Raptors, while Santana cracked his second homer of the season for Ogden back in the third inning.
Sawil Gonzalez picked up his first win of the season, working part of the ninth and all of the 10th inning.
Firth, the seventh Rockies pitcher, took the loss.
McMahon had a pair of home runs for Grand Junction, while Miguel Dilone added a solo homer.
Ogden and Grand Junction share the top spot in the Pioneer League's South Division with 9-5 records. The Helena Brewers lead the North with an 8-6 mark overall.
After Ogden scored a run in the top of the first, McMahon hit a two out, three-run homer, the first of his career, which gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Ogden tied the game with two in the second, and then took the lead when Santana hit a two-run homer in the third.
Blake Shouse started for the Rockies and allowed five runs as Ogden built a 6-3 lead.
Victor Araujo faced the minimum the next four innings after the McMahon home run, but the Rockies got to him in the sixth. Terry McClure and Emerson Jimenez singled to start the inning. Jose Briceno made it 6-4 with a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Patterson singled in Jimenez to make it 6-5.
Angel Lezama retired the side in order in his first inning of the season, but after the Rockies climbed to within a run, Ogden scored twice against him in the seventh to get its lead back to three.
Grand Junction answered in the bottom of the inning to get the lead back down to a run, and with two out in the bottom of the eighth, McMahon hit his second home run of the game to tie it.