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HELENA – Four Helena hurlers limited Missoula to just one run as the Brewers took an 8-1 win from the Osprey in a Pioneer League baseball game Saturday night at Kindrick Legion Field.

The loss dropped the Osprey to 11-9 and into a second-place tie with Great Falls in the league’s North Division, one game behind Billings. Helena won for just the sixth time in 20 games.

The Brewers banged out 13 hits and took advantage of two costly wild pitches by Missoula reliever Bobby O’Neill to coast to the win.

Alfredo Rodriguez and Emmanuel Quiles had three hits apiece for the Brewers. Quiles drove home a pair.

Brent Suter (1-2) picked up the win with 5 1/3 innings of relief work. He gave up eight hits, but surrendered just the single run in the ninth inning.

Starter Jared Ray (1-1) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just a single run in 4 2/3 innings of work. He walked four and struck out six.

Helena squandered some opportunities early on, particularly in the bottom of the second. The Brewers loaded the bases on a single by Quiles and a pair of walks by Ray. But Ray wiggled out of the jam by striking out Michael Turay and Yonki Hernandez to end the threat.

The Brewers broke through for a single run in the fifth. Rodriguez walked and attempted to score on a double by Christopher McFarland, but was gunned down at home on the relay throw by shortstop Pedro Ruiz. Adam Giacalone, though, followed with a single to plate McFarland.

The Brewers got some breathing room with a three-run, two-out rally in the seventh inning. A double by Quiles brought home two and Quiles then scored on a single by Raul Mondesi Jr.

The Osprey threatened in the eighth when Justin Bianco lined a one-out double to left. But Suter picked Bianco off and John Leonard grounded out to end the threat.

Helena broke it open with four runs in the eighth to take an 8-0 lead. Michael Reed had an RBI triple and scored on a single by Rodriguez. A pair of wild pitches by O’Neill, who came on to start the inning, brought home the final two runs of the inning.

Missoula’s lone run came in the ninth when Ruiz and Socrates Brito led off with back-to-back singles. Rudy Flores then singled on a fly ball that the center fielder lost in the lights.

The same two teams will meet again Sunday in Helena at 1:05 p.m.

Missoula Helena

ab r h bi ab r h bi

P. Ruiz ss 4 1 1 0 Reed cf 4 1 1 1

Brito cf 4 0 1 0 Rodrigz ss 4 1 3 1

Lamb 3b 3 0 0 0 McFrlnd 2b 4 3 2 0

Dultz ph 1 0 0 0 Giaclne 1b 5 1 1 1

Flores 1b 4 0 2 1 Quiles c 4 1 3 2

Gutierrez c 4 0 3 0 Nemeth 3b 3 0 1 0

Bream dh 4 0 0 0 Mondesi rf 2 0 1 1

Linton lf 4 0 0 0 Turay dh 5 0 0 0

Bianco rf 3 0 1 0 Hrnandz lf 4 1 1 0

Leonard 2b 3 0 1 0

Totals 34 1 9 1 Totals 35 8 13 6

Missoula 000 000 001 – 1

Helena 000 010 34x – 8

E – Rodriguez. DP – Helena 1. LOB – Missoula 6, Helena 12. 2B – Flores, McFarland, Quiles. 3B – Reed. S – Mondesi. CS – Leonard (3),

IP H R ER BB SO

Missoula

Ray L, 1-1 4.2 5 1 1 4 6

Smith 2.1 4 3 3 2 1

O’Neill 1.0 4 4 4 2 1

Helena

Wagner 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Gainey 2.0 1 0 0 0 3

Suter W, 1-2 5.1 8 1 1 0 3

Viramontes 0.2 0 0 0 0 2

WP – O’Niell 2. PB – Gutierrez, HBP – Umpires – HP: Blake Mickelson. 1B: Jason Starkovich. T – 2:44. A – 1,266.

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