MISSOULA, Mont. -- With a chance to move to the top of the Pioneer League South Division standings, the Ogden Raptors came up short.
Ogden (11-9) dropped a 6-1 decision to the Missoula Osprey on Wednesday night at Ogren Park, falling behind early against the home team.
On Tuesday, the Osprey scored an early run but did little else in Ogden's 5-a victory.
On Wednesday, they scored five in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
With one out in the first, Missoula's Justin Bianco singled, and Jake Miller walked. Daniel Palka then hit a run-scoring double to right field. With runners on second and third, Jose Queliz grounded out to second base, bringing home Miller.
Stryker Trahan then hit an RBI single to right, plating Palka. Joe Munoz ended the scoring with a two-run homer to right, giving the Osprey (10-10) a 5-0 lead after just one inning.
Missoula starter Carlos Hernandez earned his first win.
Hernandez (1-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on one hit, striking out five.
Meanwhile, the Pioneer League's second-ranked offense sputtered a little up north.
Manager Damon Berryhill's squad left nine runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Raptors scored their only run in the third. With one out, Brandon Trinkwon triple to right-center field. Jesmuel Valentin followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
Trinkwon and Justin Chigbogu each had a pair of hits for the Raptors.
Ogden starter Zachary Bird (0-2) took the loss. The 6-foot-4 right-hander, rated one of the Dodgers' top prospects, struck out five in his 4 2/3 innings of action.
On the positive side, the Raptors were errorless for the second straight game for the first time this season.
Scott Barlow will take the mound for Ogden against Missoula's Adam Miller in tonight's game.
Grand Junction leads the South Division at 12-8 through the first 20 games of the season,
The Helena Brewers lead the North Division with a 12-8 mark.
After two more games with Missoula, the Raptors open a three-game series with the Brewers beginning on Saturday night.