Rocky Relief Pitching Dooms Rox, Drop Third Straight

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Junction's Horn Throws Strong 4.0 IP on Mound

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Despite another encouraging 4.0 innings of work from Rockies starter Jared Horn, Grand Junction fell in their third straight contest, 6-4 to the Billings Mustangs Sunday from Suplizio Field.

Horn, the Rockies’ 7th round draft pick in 2019, ended Sunday with 4 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs. Grand Junction led early on a Colin Simpson home run to center field, scoring Christian Koss and giving the Rockies a 2-0 advantage.

Walking Cabrera added to the lead in the bottom of the 4th on a left-field double, scoring Koss once again. Later in the inning, Owen Taylor singled to center, driving home Cabrera and giving the Rockies their biggest lead of the game at 4-1.

Once Horn was pulled from the game, Billings attacked Junction’s relief pitching. The Grand Junction tandem of Miguel Ausua and Ever Moya combined for 5 earned runs and 6 hits in just two innings of work. The Mustangs pulled even, 4-4 in the 5th inning after a TJ Hopkins single to center. In the 6th inning, Nate Scantlin’s ground out allowed Valentin Martinez to score the winning run.

The Rockies fall to 14-14 on the season and lose their third straight game at home. They will continue their series against Billings Monday at Suplizio Field at 6:40 p.m.

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