GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A spirited comeback gave the Missoula Osprey one of their most thrilling wins of the season Wednesday.
The O's fought all the way back from a nine-run deficit in a game against the Grand Junction Rockies that was suspended by weather Tuesday night. Brandon Leyton's three-run home run in the ninth put Missoula in front for the first time and the Osprey held on for a 11-10 triumph at Suplizio Field.
In the nightcap, the Rockies salvaged a split with a 4-2 victory, but the Osprey's Joey Rose extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the loss.
Missoula started Wednesday's first game trailing Grand Junction 9-3 after three frames. Francis Martinez ripped a two-RBI double to make it 9-5 in the fourth.
Rose smacked a solo home run for the O's in the fifth. But the team missed out on scoring more after Andy Yerzy and Gavin Stupienski doubled later in the inning.
Missoula shaved its deficit to 9-8 on a Rose RBI double in the sixth. The Rockies answered with a run in the seventh off reliever Cole Bartlett as Ryan Vilade hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly.
That set the stage for Leyton's dramatic two-out tater in the ninth after Stupienski walked and Martinez singled.
Grand Junction had a runner aboard in the bottom of the night before reliever Abraham Almonte slammed the door, striking out Casey Golden to end the game and earn his fifth save.
Rose doubled in the sixth inning of the nightcap to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, scoring later in the inning on a single by Ernie De La Trinidad. Missoula (2-6 second half, 21-25 overall). Missoula pushed for one final run in the top of the ninth, as Gabriel Maciel grounded an RBI single into center field.
Between the two contests Wednesday, the Osprey bullpen allowed just one run in eight innings.
In the nightcap, the O's fell behind 4-0 before scoring a run in the sixth. Ernie De La Trinidad singled home Rose, who reached with a double.
Missoula pushed one more run across in the ninth. Gabriel Maciel ripped an RBI single into center field.
The Osprey will start a seven-game homestand on Friday against the Orem Owlz at 7:05 p.m.