GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A big night for Isan Diaz and a strong showing on the mound were more than enough for the Missoula Osprey on Saturday, when they beat the Grand Junction Rockies 4-1 in a Pioneer League baseball game.
A leadoff double by Diaz, knocked to right off the first pitch of the game, set the tone and keyed up the first run of the game for Missoula.
Diaz took third on a Marcus Wilson ground out, and then scored when Luke Lowery grounded out to shortstop, making it 1-0.
From there, the pitchers took over.
Cameron Smith was stellar on the mound for the Osprey. After giving up a single in the bottom of the first, Smith threw five straight shutout innings, while only giving up one more hit.
A sneaky change-up fooled the Rockies all night, and Smith finished with six strikeouts and only one earned run over seven innings of work.
Grand Junction's Peter Lambert was also good, not allowing another hit until the fifth, when Diaz got the better of him again.
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Diaz, who finished 2 for 3, smacked a deep homer to right field, his sixth of the season, to score Matt McPhearson and Mike Abreu to make it 4-0 in favor of the Osprey.
It wouldn't be until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Rockies got on the board.
A solo homer to right by Collin Ferguson brought the Rockies to 4-1. Ferguson was one of only two Rockies players to get hits off Smith; leadoff hitter Mylz Jones snagged three hits as well.
But that would be it.
Cody Clark came in to relieve Smith in the eighth, and Dan Savas, the Pioneer League's leading closer, came on and did what he does best -- shut the door.
A line out to shortstop and a 6-4-3 double play ended the game, giving Savas his 11th save of the season and the O's their third win in a row over Grand Junction.
The two teams will meet again Sunday at 4:05 p.m.