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After taking a few midweek lumps from the Ogden Raptors, the Missoula Osprey gave them a going-away present Friday.

The O's squandered a four-run lead in the seventh inning, then bounced back to post a 9-5 win over the defending Pioneer League champs at Ogren-Allegiance Park. Ogden finished with a 4-2 edge in the season series, but at least Missoula can say it had the last laugh.

Starting pitcher Marcos Tineo set the tone for the O's. The reigning Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week held Ogden scoreless for the first six innings, scattering three hits.

"His stuff is electric, man," said O's catcher Nick Dalesandro, who led the offensive attack with a pair of hits, including a double, and four RBIs. "He's had two unbelievable outings in a row now. And like I've said, it's great to bring a W to Missoula. It feels good to be able to do it tonight."

The Osprey jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. William Gorman started surge with a single to right and Zack Shannon followed with a walk, setting up Joe Robbins for an RBI single.

Robbins tested Ogden's defense by stealing second. The play resulted in an error when the ball got past shortstop Jacob Amaya, allowing Shannon to score.

Cesar Garcia drew a walk to keep the rally going, then Robbins scored on a ground out by Nick Dalesandro. David Sanchez added an RBI single to make the score 4-0.

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When Tineo left the game, the South Division first-half champion Raptors (23-11) pounced.

Matt Cogen led off the Ogden seventh with a single off reliever Brian Valdez. James Outman followed with his fifth homer run of the season.

Then came the most exciting play of the game. Ogden's Niko Hulsizer hit a fly ball to center that was misplayed by Jesus Marriaga. Hulsizer turned it into a triple and then took advantage of Marriaga's errant throw to the infield, hustling home to score just under the tag of catcher Nick Dalesandro.

Jacob Amaya added a two-run blast to right center to give the visitors their first lead, 5-4. That marked the end for Valdez, who was pulled in favor of Luis Castillo.

Missoula (17-17) answered with the tying run in the seventh off reliever Gregorio Sequera. Garcia drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on a Dalesandro single to right. Odgen brought in another reliever, Connor Mitchell, and Geraldo Perdomo greeted him with an RBI single to give the O's a 6-5 lead.

Ogden brought on another reliever, Reza Aleaziz, and he struggled. Shannon and Robbins singled, setting the table for Dalesandro's two-RBI double. Dalesandro then scored on a throwing error, stretching Missoula's lead to 9-5.

Luis Castillo (1-0) earned the pitching win in 1 1/3 innings of relief work. Missoula will host Idaho Falls on Saturday night.

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Bill Speltz is the Deputy Sports Editor of the Missoulian. Email him at bill.speltz@406mtsports.com.

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