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Great Falls, MT-The Voyagers smashed three home runs and matched their longest winning streak of the season with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Ogden Raptors Tuesday night at Centene Stadium.
Great Falls (19-26, 4-3) is back to .500 at home with a 12-12 record. The victory marks the first four-game winning streak since the Voyagers started the season with four straight wins. Great Falls is 4-2 on the current home stand and goes for the series sweep Wednesday night. Ogden (27-19, 4-4) has its first three-game losing streak since the first week of the season. The Raptors fell to 14-12 on the road.
Ogden raced out to an early 3-0 lead in the 1st with a bases-clearing triple by Gersel Pitre. Mitchell Hansen and Rylan Bannon both singled to reach base. Donovan Casey walked in front of Pitre to load the bases. The Voyagers started their scoring with a single tally in the 2nd. Justin Yurchak led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI groundout by Carlos Perez.
Both sides plated runs in the 4th. Garrett Hope made it 4-1 Raptors with a one-out double to left that scored Ronny Brito all the way from first. Brito had reached with a single to left. Great Falls used a three-run bottom of the 4th to break even. Justin Yurchak singled to start the inning. Franklin Reyes followed with a base hit. With one out, Tate Blackman launched a game-tying drive deep to right-center that cleared the wall for his second home run of the home stand and the season.
In the 5th, the reigning Pioneer League Player of the Week gave the Voyagers a 5-4 lead. Anthony Villa parked a two-out solo home run deep to right for his league-leading 12th of the season.
Ogden answered with a run in the 7th to tie the game. Brayan Morales led off with a single and then scored on a one-out double from Luis Paz that was lined into the right field corner.
Leading off the 8th, Anthony Villa gave Great Falls the lead for good. Villa sent a drive up the right field line that cleared the wall in the corner for his second big fly of the night and 13th of the season. It was Villa’s second multi-homer game of 2017. He hit two dingers against Helena back on June 21st in the home opener.
The Raptors outhit the Voyagers 11-to-9. Anthony Villa and Justin Yurchak each had two-hit games for Great Falls. Mitchell Hansen and Rylan Bannon both posted two hits for Ogden. On the mound, Blake Battenfield picked up his first win in relief. Battenfield (1-4) worked two innings and gave up one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts. Conor Costello suffered the loss in relief for the Raptors. Costello (2-3) yielded one earned run on two hits with one strikeout and two walks. Sean Renzi notched his first save of the season with one strikeout and one hit allowed.
The Voyagers seven-game home stand concludes with game three against the Raptors Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. After an off-day Thursday, the Voyagers hit the road for seven games starting Friday night at Idaho Falls.