GJ Rockies put it together to beat Idaho Falls

The Grand Junction Rockies did something Friday that they haven’t been able to do in the second half of the season — extend a lead and hold it.

Once the Rockies used the speed of Cesar Galvez to steal a run and take the lead in the third inning, they pushed another across in the sixth and two more in the eighth for a 6-3 victory at Idaho Falls, snapping a four-game losing streak.

The Rockies (29-38, 8-21) scored four of their runs off Patrick Conroy, who flirted with a no-hitter earlier this month in Grand Junction. Friday, Conroy pitched six innings in relief, allowing four runs on four hits.

Raimel Tapia reached on an error with one out in the third and Galvez singled up the middle. Jordan Patterson’s base hit scored Tapia to tie the game at 2-2, and Galvez stole second.

Patterson drew a throw on a delayed steal of second, retreating to first base as Galvez sped home with the go-ahead run.

In the sixth, it was Galvez again, beating out an infield single, stealing second and taking third on a throwing error. He came home on a sacrifice fly to center by Correlle Prime.

Patterson singled in one run and scored himself in the eighth inning for a 6-2 lead.

Dylan Stamey recorded his seventh save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth after allowing the first two batters to single.

Manuel Montilla (2-0) got the win in relief of Angel Lezama.

Patterson drove in two runs, going 2 for 3 — Grand Junction had only six hits, but took advantage of the Chukars’ four errors.

Despite the loss, Idaho Falls (36-31, 17-12)  remains in first place in the second half, 1 1/2 games up on Orem.

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