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Socrates Brito did what most teenagers do on their day off – he spent the afternoon and most of the evening at the mall.

Not even the lure of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was enough to keep this 19-year-old at home on the couch. And Brito even plays baseball for a living.

Not to worry, though. The Missoula Osprey outfielder was back to work on Wednesday roaming center field at Ogren-Allegiance Park and delivering a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Osprey to a 6-3 victory over the Grand Junction Rockies in the opening game of their inter-division series.

“I just wanted to make good contact, in order to score some runs,” Brito said through his interpreter, O’s pitching coach Gil Heredia. “That was my focus.”

Brito went 1 for 3 with two runs scored in the game, which followed Tuesday’s off day. Minor league teams don’t schedule games during Major League Baseball’s mid-summer classic. All eyes are on the big leaguers.

Brito, however, used the opportunity to acquaint himself with Missoula’s largest shopping venue.

“It was good,” a smiling Brito said, minus his interpreter.

So were the Osprey on Wednesday in front of 2,419 fans. They won for the fourth time in six games and moved into a tie for first place in the Northern Division with Great Falls and Billings (13-10).

Grand Junction (10-13) moved into a tie for last place in the Southern Division. The Rockies and Osprey resume their three-game series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Missoula starter Karl Triana limited Grand Junction to one earned run on five hits through five innings. He struck out five, but gave up a towering home run to Julian Yan to start off the second inning.

Yan’s blast, his third of the season, hit off the top of the scoreboard in left center and put the Rockies ahead 1-0.

Justin Bianco delivered a two-run single down the left field line in the Osprey’s half of the second inning to take a one-run lead. Missoula catcher Michael Perez then singled in a run in the third for a 3-1 lead.

Matt Wessinger, who was 2 for 3 on the night, single-handedly brought Grand Junction back. His RBI single in the fifth narrowed the O’s lead to 3-2 and then his solo home run to lead off the eighth tied it.

Wessinger homer came off Chris Capper, who was credited with a blown save but got the win when Missoula rallied in the eighth.

Pedro Ruiz led off with a walk, followed by a single from Evan Marzilli, who was 3 for 4 on the night. After a strike out and a ground out, the O’s turned to Brito, who came into the game hitting .247.

The young Dominican tried to bunt his way on base before taking Raul Fernandez’s next offering over the head of the Rockies center fielder.

“No it wasn’t a squeeze play,” Brito said. “I was actually trying to bunt for a hit. That was my choice.”

Missoula closer Justin Thompson earned his third save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

NOTES: Andrew Barbosa, the O’s 6-foot-8 lefty who was named the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago, was promoted to Class A South Bend on July 10. Barbosa was 1-0 with a 0.41 ERA and 28 strikeouts. He allowed just one run in 22 innings. … Marzilli is 13 for 28 (.464) in just seven games with the O’s thus far.

Grand Junction Missoula

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Wsnger 3b 3 1 2 2 Ruiz ss 3 1 0 0

Ciriaco 2b 4 0 1 0 Marzilli lf 4 1 3 0

Dahl cf 4 0 0 0 Lamb 3b 4 0 0 0

Popick lf 4 0 1 0 Perez c 4 1 1 1

Yan rf 4 1 1 1 Brito cf 3 2 1 2

Stolz ss 4 0 2 0 Almdva dh 4 1 1 0

White dh 4 0 0 0 Flores 1b 2 0 0 0

Prime 1b 3 1 0 0 Bianco rf 3 0 1 2

Cowell c 2 0 0 0 Pulfer 2b 3 0 0 0

Totals 32 3 7 3 Totals 30 6 7 5

Grand Jnctn 010 010 010 – 3

Missoula 021 000 03x – 6

E – Brito. DP – Grand Junction 1, Missoula 1. LOB – Grand Junction 4, Missoula 3. 2B – Popick, Stolz. 3B – Brito. HR – Wessinger, Yan. CS – White, Wessinger.

Grand Junction IP H R ER BB SO

Jiminian 4 5 3 3 1 3

Johnson 2 0 0 0 0 2

Gonzalez (L, 0-3) 1 0 1 1 2 0

Fernandez 1 2 2 2 0 2

Missoula IP H R ER BB SO

Triana 5 5 2 1 2 5

Rivera 2 1 0 0 0 3

Capper (W, 1-1) 1 1 1 1 0 2

Thompson 1 0 0 0 0 3

B – Jimian, Fernandez. Umpires – HP: David Marceo. 1B: Mitchell Morgan. T – 2:18. A – 2,419.

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