The Ogden Raptors finally broke through their post-All-Star game blues Sunday, rolling off 12 unanswered runs in a 15-11 win at Billings to avoid being swept in the finale of a four-game set.
Ogden (35-19, 9-7) trailed 9-3 entering the eighth inning but would rack up nine of its 15 hits in the final two frames.
The massive rally began when Daniel Robinson tripled to score Jeremy Arocho and Kenneth Betancourt. Niko Hulsizer and Marco Hernandez each drove in runs with singles and Jeremy Souffront doubled to score Hulsizer and tie the game 9-9.
But unlike the first game of the series Thursday, in which the Raptors made a 7-0 deficit a 7-7 tie only to lose 12-7, the visitors kept rolling. After Billings (27-26, 12-3) made its second pitching change of the inning, Arocho singled in a run and Matt Cogen tripled in two, putting Ogden ahead 12-9.
In the ninth, Souffront doubled again, scoring Hulsizer and Hernandez for a 15-9 lead. Hunter Speer pitched the ninth for Ogden, hitting a batter and giving up a double to make it 15-11 before closing the win.
Evy Ruibal picked up his first professional win, throwing scoreless seventh and eighth innings to allow the comeback. Jesus Vargas made his Raptors debut with a start, allowed a leadoff triple to Zeek White and was pulled with an arm injury after one batter.
Ogden trailed 6-0 in the fifth before Hulsizer sparked a two-out rally by hitting a solo home run, his seventh of the season. Arocho later roped a two-run single to make it 6-3.
At the bottom of the order, Hernandez and Souffront combined to hit 6 for 9 with six RBIs and five runs scored. Arocho, at the top of the order, benefited from their proficiency and took advantage, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
The Raptors now travel to Great Falls for a three-game series against the Voyagers starting Monday. Ogden returns home Friday, Aug. 17, for a seven-game homestand.