Pitcher Casey Zarr delivers a pitch against Yorkton during a matchup earlier this season at Ross Wells Park. (Photo: Marc Smith)
The Moose Jaw Miller Express fell behind early and couldn't recover on Thursday night in Yorkton.
The Millers lost their third straight, dropping a 7-5 game to the Cardinals, who snapped a seven-game losing skid to open the season with the win.
Outfielder Michael Borst provided the offensive spark for the Millers with two home runs in the loss. He finished 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.
Darrell Doll collected his fifth double of the season for Moose Jaw's only other extra-base hit.
The Millers trailed 3-0 after two innings, but Borst got them on the board with a lead-off home run on the second pitch of the fourth inning.
Yorkton responded with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a 5-1 advantage.
Dougie DelaCruz cashed in a pair of runs for the Millers in the top of the sixth, but Yorkton answered back with two of their own to lead 7-3 after six.
A two-run homer from Borst in the seventh pulled the Millers to within two, but they could only manage one baserunner in the final two innings and took the loss.
Casey Zarr started and took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Matt Jackson was tagged for one run in 1 1/3 innings, Nathan Slobodian struck out three in two innings, while also allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.
Jaden Hoffman pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Moose Jaw, striking out two.
Yorkton starter Chris Maurin struck out nine over five innings. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks.
Payton Harris picked up the save after pitching the final four innings, surrendering four runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks. He struck out four.
The Millers are back on the field for a home-and-home with the Regina Red Sox to close out the week. They meet in the Queen City on Friday night and then at Ross Wells Park on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.