GREAT FALLS – The Billings Mustangs were shut out for the final eight innings Tuesday night and fell 4-1 to the Great Falls Voyagers in the Pioneer League.
Both teams scored a single run in the first, but the Voyagers struck for three runs in the sixth off reliever Seth Varner (4-3) and that was enough to end a two-game Mustangs winning streak.
Missoula defeated Helena 5-3, moving within three games of first-place Billings in the North division with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Aristides Aquino’s triple scored Ty Washington in the top of the first, but Great Falls answered in their half of the inning on a Louie Lechich RBI fielder’s choice.
Though they collected six hits the rest of the way, the Mustangs couldn’t push across any more runs against starter Voyagers starter Brian Clark and relievers Grant Monroe (1-1) and Matt Cooper. Cooper allowed two hits over the final two innings to pick up his first save.
The Mustangs stay in Great Falls to conclude the two-game series Wednesday night before heading to Missoula for a key showdown with the Osprey. The teams will play five games in Missoula, including a doubleheader on Thursday.