Raptors fall on late runs

Jul 15 2013 - 2:33pm

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HELENA, Mont. -- The Raptors' chances of victory went to Helena in a handbasket in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon.

The Brewers broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run eighth, sparked by Nathan Orf, who was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Michael Turay, who followed with a two-run single to send Helena to a 6-3 victory over Ogden.

Jesus Valdez went 2 for 3 with an RBI but the only other Raptor to collect a hit was Alex Santana as Helena's pitching staff combined to three-hit the Ogden lineup.

Eduard Reyes struck out eight and held the Raptors to a single hit over five innings. The Raptors bounced back from a 3-0 deficit by getting to Reyes' replacement, Brandon Moore, to tie it with three runs in the sixth. Valdez had Ogden's only hit in the inning, an RBI single, and Pat Stover scored on a wild pitch before Valdez  came home on a throwing error by Helena shortstop Renaldo Jenkins.    

Ogden starter Victor Araujo had a solid showing, striking out nine while scattering six hits and allowing three runs, two earned, over six innings.

Thomas Taylor (0-1) took the loss, taking responsibility for two of the three runs in the eighth inning. He allowed a single and a walk before giving way to James Baune.

Baune got the second out of the frame on a groundout before walking Jose Pena to load the bases and then hitting Orf for the go-ahead run.

Turay followed with a two-run single to center before the Raptors could stop the bleeding.

Brewers reliever Andy Hillis (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings to claim the victory. 

Turay had three RBIs and Dionis Hinojosa had two hits to lead Helena.

The Raptors wrap up their first seven-game Montana road trip tonight before returning to the friendly confines of Lindquist Field. 

Missoula and Helena will return Ogden's visit during a seven-game home stretch for the Raptors, with a three-game series against the Osprey beginning on Wednesday.

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