The Grand Junction Rockies went from a perfect game to a loss Saturday night, losing 3-2 to Great Falls.
Starting pitcher Jared Horn was perfect through five innings, retiring the first 15 men he faced. He struck out four batters and his defense was stellar behind him, and the Rockies led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
A fielding error at shortstop ended the perfect start, and things unraveled for the Rockies, who gave up two unearned runs in the inning.
Ivan Gonzalez reached on an error by Eddy Diaz, and Jonathan Allen followed with the first base hit against Horn. A line drive base hit to center by Kelvin Maldonado scored Gonzalez, with Allen moving to third.
With one out, things got really strange. Right fielder Jack Yalowitz made a diving catch of Luis Curbelo's fly ball near the foul line, and Allen tagged up and scored. Maldonado, though, failed to tag up at first, thinking the ball would fall in for a hit.
Yalowitz doubled him off first, and Grand Junction manager Jake Opitz came out to argue that the run should not count, insisting the third out was made at first before Allen scored.
His argument didn't work, and he was ejected by home plate Kai Nakamura.
Tied 2-2, Trysten Barlow replaced Horn in the seventh. Barlow had allowed only one earned run in nine appearances this season, but he gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh, the third unearned run GJ surrendered.
Luis Mieses singled with two out and Barlow hit Sam Abbott with a pitch. An errant pickoff throw by GJ catcher Ronaiker Palma, who tried to catch Mieses at second, allowed both runners to move up, and a wild pitch allowed Mieses to score for a 3-2 lead.
True to their nature, the Rockies tried to rally in the top of the ninth. Colin Simpson led off with a base hit up the middle and Brenton Doyle walked.
Yalowitz, Walking Cabrera and Owen Taylor all struck out to end the game.
Grand Junction's first run came across on consecutive one-out singles by Diaz, Cristopher Navarro and Julio Carreras in the third inning.
The Rockies (26-24, 7-5) made it 2-0 in the fourth when Doyle singled and stole second, took third on a fly ball by Yalowitz and scored on Cabrera's sacrifice fly to center.
Grand Junction fell two games behind Ogden in the Pioneer League South Division.