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In this July 10, 2018, photo, Ogden Raptors' Dillon Paulson (14) sticks his tongue out while rounding third base after hitting a home run against Missoula at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

After swapping a pair of high-scoring games, Ogden left no doubt to close its three-game set and claim the series in Grand Junction.

Dillon Paulson hit a grand slam, Niko Hulsizer hit a three-run homer — both in the same inning — and the Raptors defeated the Rockies 17-5 on Wednesday night.

Seven-time MLB All-Star Matt Holliday made his debut for the 2018 season after signing a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies and being assigned to Grand Junction (25-21, 5-3) early this week.

Holliday, 38, hit 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. His double came in the eighth inning, after which he was pulled for a pinch runner who later scored.

Ogden (31-15, 5-3) ace Jose Chacin got back to his dominant ways, scattering eight hits and three walks across six innings for his sixth win. A Cris Navarro triple and Holliday walk helped load the bases in the fifth, but Chacin struck out Grant Lavigne in three pitches to end the threat.

Hulsizer and Paulson each homered during a nine-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach. Paulson drove in five runs and also doubled. His grand slam was his second of the season and all four slams for the Raptors have come against Grand Junction.

Ronny Brito and Marco Hernandez each totaled three hits.

ALL-STARS

The Raptors had four players selected as Pioneer League All-Stars, as announced Wednesday, including Jacob Amaya as a starter at shortstop.

Amaya joined infielder Ronny Brito, outfielder Daniel Robinson and pitcher Jose Chacin as Ogden’s selections. The All-Star game, which pits the Pioneer League against the Northwest League, will be played Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Grand Junction.

TRANSACTIONS

Amaya’s All-Star spot will need to be filled, however, as he was called up Wednesday to Single-A Great Lakes, as was hot-hitting youngster Miguel Vargas.

Amaya was seventh in league-leaders with a .346 hitting average, but led the league with an on-base percentage of .465. The 19-year-old appeared in 32 games, totaling nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and 24 RBIs.

Vargas, 18, hit .394 in 22 games, totaling 11 doubles, two home runs and 22 RBIs.

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Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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