HELENA -- Helena grabbed a lead early, but eventually fell 10-2 to the Billings Mustangs on Wednesday in the Magic City.
Gabriel Garcia gave the Brewers early offense when he hit an RBI single to right field in the top of the first inning.
The Brewers took that lead through the top of the third, but the tides turned in the bottom of the frame.
Andy Sugilio hit an RBI single to knot the game at 1 apiece. Raul Wallace slashed another RBI single to give the Mustangs a lead they never relinquished. J.D. Salmon-Williams hit a two-run homer, and the Mustangs led 4-1 after three innings.
Billings tacked on another run in the fourth. Sugilio came up big again, singling on a ground ball that deflected off Brewers starting pitcher Harold Chirino and allowed a run to score.
The scoring quieted down until the bottom of the seventh when Billings struck again.
Pabel Manzanero drew a based loaded walk to start a five-run inning for the Mustangs. Jake Turnbull then hit a grand slam to push Billings’ lead to 10-1.
The Brewers mustered their second and final run of the game in the top of the ninth when Gabriel Garcia nabbed his second RBI of the game on a line drive to left field.
Garcia was the lone Brewer to record more than a single hit, going 3 for 3 at the plate. The only other Brewer to hit was Payton Henry, who went 1 for 3. The Brewers as a team finished with four hits.
Billings racked up 13 hits on the night, highlighted by Sugilio’s 3 for 5 outing, bringing in two RBIs.
Hunter Greene, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 MLB Amateur Draft, started on the mound for Billings and tossed three innings, giving up one hit while striking out four.
Helena started Harold Chirino (1-6) on the mound, and he took the loss in his outing. Chirino gave up eight hits and five earned runs, while striking out five.
The Brewers finish the season with three more games in Billings after being eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday. Billings is 1.5 games out of a playoff appearance.
The Brewers and Mustangs resume their series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.