Ogden Raptors vs Orem Owlz 06

Raptors' Matt Cogen (49) runs to first base while battling the Orem Owlz on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Lindquist Field.

The Ogden Raptors fell behind early Thursday but used a five-run fifth inning to defeat the Great Falls Voyagers 8-7, earning a series split and ending a seven-game homestand.

The win pushes Ogden to 40 for the season (40-24, 14-12) and is the Raptors’ third consecutive one-run victory.

All the action took place in the first five innings. Amado Nunez hit a two-run homer to put Great Falls up 2-0 in the first, but Ogden ended the inning with a 3-2 lead, scoring on an RBI single and a pair of RBI groundouts.

Nunez pushed across a run in the third during a double play to tie the game. Across the fourth and fifth innings, Ryan Fitzpatrick homered while Logan Sowers hit an RBI groundout and Maiker Feliz singled in a run to give Great Falls a 7-3 lead.

As good as Nunez was at the plate, his glove decided the game in the fifth.

Matt Cogen doubled to score a run, and Dillon Paulson and James Outman followed with RBI singles to pull Ogden to within one.

Ronny Brito followed by batting a ball to Nunez at second. He couldn’t handle it, allowing Outman and Daniel Robinson to score and giving Ogden an 8-7 lead.

Justin Bruihl earned the win for the Raptors, improving to 5-2 on the mound, by pitching 2 1/3 innings and being the pitcher of record during the rally. He, along with Luis Pasen, allowed no runs and two hits across the final 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one.

Pasen’s eighth and ninth innings were perfect and included three strikeouts.

The game marked Ogden’s final regular-season contest against a team from the North Division. The Raptors finish the regular season with four games against Orem, six against Idaho Falls and two against Grand Junction before the playoffs arrive.

The home stretch begins with four games at Orem (19-43, 7-17) beginning Friday.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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

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