OGDEN -- With seven relief appearances under his belt, the Raptors gave Bret Montgomery the start Wednesday evening at Lindquist Field.
And guess what? The big 6-foot-6 right-hander didn't disappoint.
Montgomery -- who turns 25 on Friday -- delivered himself an early birthday present by going six innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out eight to advance his record to 2-0 on the season in a 3-2 victory over Idaho Falls.
The victory gave the Raptors a sweep of the Chukars during their short, three-game homestand and its fourth win in a row overall.
A night after combining for a season-high 25 runs, the bats were noticeably quieter as the starting pitchers wrestled control of the contest from the start.
Ogden did, however, strike with a run in the second stanza, when Nick Akins homered to left center to put the Raptors on top 1-0. The long ball kept Akins' impressive power surge alive, giving him six homers in 17 games and only 57 at bats in a Raptor uniform.
In the fifth, the Chukars rallied to knot the score when Montgomery issued a two-out walk to Malcom Culver. Culver then swiped second to move into scoring position and crossed home on a Thomas Zebroski double down the left field line.
In the bottom half of the frame, Ogden jumped on top again. Austin King singled, stole second and then moved to third on a fielding error by Culver, the third baseman.
Robert Coyle then hit a grounder to Justin Trapp at short, but King beat the throw home to make it 2-1.
In the sixth, a similar scenario repeated itself for the Chukars. Lane Adams opened the inning with a double and moved to third on Trapp's sacrifice bunt. Geulin Beltre then grounded to third, but Jesse Bosnik made an errant throw home, allowing Adams to level the score at two.
The Raptors finally edged ahead of Idaho Falls for good in its half of the sixth when Blake Dean hit Ogden's Pioneer League-leading 44th home run of the season. Going into Wednesday, the Orem Owlz led the league with 43 home runs. Orem's home game with Casper was postponed due to rain.
Ogden relievers J.J. Whetsel and Logan Bawcom worked three scoreless innings for the Raptors, with Bawcom earning his first save of the season.
Idaho Falls threatened in the ninth as Bawcom issued a walk to open the inning. Murray Watts then reached safely on Casio Grider's fielding error at second to put a pair of runners on with no outs. However, Bawcom then slammed the door by striking out the side to end the game.
Gregory Billo took the loss for Idaho Falls, falling to 3-4, and allowing all three Ogden runs on seven hits.
The Raptors will open a five-game road trip tonight in Casper at 7:05 p.m.