OREM Jayson Miller will be the first to admit his control wasn't the best Tuesday night.
Miller will also be the first to admit he has a pretty good offense backing him up.
Miller (5-2) allowed four runs and six hits two of which were home runs in six innings of work, but it didn't matter as the Orem Owlz defeated the Missoula Osprey 10-6 at Brent Brown Ballpark.
"I just missed on a couple pitches," Miller said. "Every once in a while, you'll leave a ball up, and at this level they'll make you pay."
Fortunately for Miller, he had Luis Jimenez and the Pioneer League's top offense to bail him out.
Jimenez, who was playing in his first game since last Saturday, finished the evening 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs.
"I was going crazy on the bench," Jimenez said through an interpreter. "I don't like that. I told the coach to put me in."
Jimenez's homer, a towering three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth which gave the Owlz a 7-4 lead, was his 11th on the season.
Just a couple innings earlier, the Owlz found themselves trailing the Osprey 4-2. Miller, who had only allowed one home run entering Tuesday night's contest, had already issued two. But Jimenez told him not to worry.
"When we were losing, I told him we were going to tie it up, go ahead and win." Jimenez said.
With a smile, Jimenez added: "We won."
The win for the Owlz was their ninth straight since starting the second half 2-4. The victory also gave the Owlz a one-game lead over the Ogden Raptors, who lost to Helena 9-4 on Tuesday.
From the start, it looked like the Owlz were going to have little trouble disposing of the Osprey. With runners on first and third and two out in the bottom of the first, Jimenez knocked a double into the left-center field gap to give the Owlz a 2-0 lead.
But the Osprey (3-12, 12-41), who haven't won a road game since July 22, answered back with some homers from some unlikely sources.
Victor Estevez hit a two-run homer, just his second of the season, in the top of the second to tie the game. Then, in the top of the third, Reynaldo Navarro cranked his first homer of the season, a solo shot to left.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the third, the Owlz cut the deficit in half on an RBI double by Roberto Lopez. In the bottom of the fifth, the Owlz retook the lead for good.
Marcel Champagnie led off the bottom of the fifth with a grounder that snuck under the glove of Osprey second baseman Jacob Elmore. Darwin Perez followed with an RBI triple into the right-center field gap. After a groundout, a walk and a strikeout, Jimenez came up and hit a three-run homer that just barely cleared the left-field fence.
The Owlz added three more in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-4 lead.
The Osprey scored once in the eighth and one more in the ninth, but couldn't get any closer.
Kevin Nabors, Josh Keller and Andrew Taylor combined to pitch the final three innings in relief for the Owlz.
"We haven't been good about giving Miller run support," Owlz manager Tom Kotchman said. "We got some big hits tonight."
The Owlz conclude their seven-game homestand tonight against the Osprey at 7:05 p.m.