OGDEN -- The Raptors tallied their third win of the series against first-half Pioneer League South champs Grand Junction, with a 9-6 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night at Lindquist Field.
Ogden bats combined for 11 hits led by Austin Cowen, who logged two doubles and a single as three Raptors finished the night with multiple hits.
"We've been swinging the bats well," Ogden Skipper Damon Berryhill said. "But we still need to improve everyday. We have to get a little more solid defensively and keep swinging the bats well. Being a championship club for us is going to come down to solid pitching and solid defense."
Both teams came out firing Wednesday night as Jordan Patterson put Grand Junction on the board with a two-run dinger in the top of the first.
Ogden countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a base hit from Jesus Valdez that scored both Brandon Trinkwon and Pat Stover, who reached with a single and walk, respectively.
Ogden held a 5-4 lead going into the fifth after both teams added runs in the second and fourth innings. Grand Junction tied the game at five in the sixth when first baseman Correlle Prime started things off with a triple and was immediately driven in by a Ryan Garvey base hit. Garvey was picked off trying to steal second and Ogden starter Victor Arujo got the Raptors out of the inning after retiring two straight.
Arujo got his eighth start of the season on the mound for the Raptors and the right-hander went six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits while logging a pair of strikeouts.
James Baune took over for Arujo in the seventh and immediately gave up a trio of hits and a run that gave Grand Junction their first lead of the game. After early trouble the Texas native settled down and struck out a pair to end the inning.
The Rockies started Helmis Rodriguez on the mound for the sixth time this season and the lefty had flashes of brilliance, striking out seven through five innings, but eventually giving up five runs on four hits.
Grand Junction's lead didn't last as the Raptors countered with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the seventh and took an 8-3 lead going into the eighth.
Braune shut Grand Junction down in the top of the eighth and the Raptors padded their lead in the bottom as Justin Chigbogu tallied his first hit of the night with a solo shot to left-center. The 9-6 lead held as closer Jacob Rahme took over for Braune in the ninth and grabbed his second consecutive save. Braune notched his first win of the season.
Braune and Rahme combined to hold Grand Junction to a single run through the final three innings while striking out three, marking a positive night for the Raptor bullpen.
"We talked to our pitching coach today about putting the first half behind us and coming out strong tonight," Braune said.
"We have more pitchers in the bullpen than most teams so if we can keep this momentum going, we'll have the arms to carry it."
Game four of Ogden's
14-game stretch starts tonight at 7 p.m. as the Raptors look to sweep Grand Junction and get off to an early lead in the second half of the season.