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Mustangs Let Series Slip Away with Loss to Ogden

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W: Costello (1-0)

L: Kuhnel (0-1)

S: Santos (4)

BILLINGS, Montana - The Billings Mustangs (4-3, 27-18) were unable to clinch their four-game series with the Ogden Raptors (5-3, 22-24), losing 13-10 on Sunday in front of 3,114 at Dehler Park.

The Raptors came one shy of tying the most hits for an opponent this season, cranking 17 hits for their 13 runs.

Max Wotell made his debut in the Cincinnati Reds organization, pitching four innings in the start. After a shaky first inning, he would retire seven straight heading into the fourth. Wotell struck our four and allowed three runs in the start. Wotell was acquired from the New York Mets as a part of the trade for Jay Bruce.

Jose Siri led a high-powered Mustangs offense, hitting three homeruns in his first three at-bats of the game. He would finish 4-for-4 with five runs scored. It was the first time a Mustang hitter has come up with three homers in a game since Reydel Medina accomplished the feat in 2015.

Mitch Trees would also add a solo homerun to the mix as a part of the 12-hit day for Billings. It was the first time this season the Mustangs have lost when hitting multiple homers in a game.

The Raptors took a 7-3 lead after scoring four runs in the fifth inning off reliever Alfredo Mena, but that lead would not last long. The Mustangs scored seven runs over their next three innings to take a 10-8 lead to the eighth. 

Joel Kuhnel (0-1) had a tough time of it in the top of the eighth for the Mustangs, giving up four runs on five hits in the inning. Keibert Ruiz and Errol Robinson picked up RBI singles in the inning and the Billings defense committed two errors to give the Raptors the lead back at 12-10. They would add an insurance run in the ninth when Brock Carpenter singled to score Brandon Montgomery.

Jose Santos threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Raptors to pick up his fourth save in as many opportunities.

The Mustangs will now host the Idaho Falls Chukars for the first time this season in a three-game series. First pitch on Monday is set for 7:05 p.m.

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