After trailing all game but fighting back, the Ogden Raptors gave up a hard-fought tie in the ninth inning Thursday night at Lindquist Field, losing 8-6 to Idaho Falls in what was a two-game sweep for the visiting team.

Trailing 6-3 in the eighth, Ramon Rodriguez got it going for Ogden with a one-out double. With two outs, Jeremy Arocho walked and Daniel Robinson singled to score Rodriguez.

Matt Cogen walked and Dillon Paulson walked, the latter pushing across Arocho to make it 6-5.

A wild pitch scored Robinson to tie the game for the Raptors (44-26, 18-14).

But, with Hunter Speer taking the mound, Idaho Falls took the lead back.

Nathan Eaton and Brady Cox hit consecutive doubles to lead off the top of the ninth, with Cox driving in Eaton and later scoring on a single, giving the Chukars (38-31, 17-14) the win.

It was fitting end for Idaho Falls, which started the game in similar fashion. Eaton homered and Jose Caraballo doubled in the first inning to build a 3-0 lead.

Grand Junction defeated Orem on Thursday, taking a one-game lead for the second-half race in the Pioneer League South.

Ogden now plays Grand Junction twice in the final regular-season home games ahead of the playoffs, hosting the Rockies at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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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