BILLINGS, MONT., JULY 28 -- The Salt Lake Trappers knew they had to lose eventually, and they calmly accepted the end to their record-setting win streak.

"You always know you can lose," said catcher Todd Noonan. "We just have to go and try to start a new streak."

The Billings Mustangs ended the longest winning streak in professional baseball at 29 games with a 7-5 victory over the Trappers here Monday night.

"It was a lot of fun," Salt Lake third baseman John Leakey said after the game. "They were the better team tonight. Personally, I would have liked to have made it 30. It sounds a lot better than 29.

"They were really pumped up for the game. We're in Cooperstown {the Hall of Fame} for winning 29 and they can say that they're the team that stopped it. They can take a lot of pride in that."

Salt Lake first baseman Neil Reynolds said the odds finally caught up with his team.

"To win 29 straight games in a game like baseball is amazing," he said. "You know sooner or later, the calls will go the other way and you won't get the hits when you need them. This was one of those nights."

Salt Lake took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Billings scored six runs in its half of the inning.

Despite the early four-run lead, Mustangs pitcher Mack Jenkins had far from an easy time with the Trappers, who have a .347 team batting average. Only once did he retire the side in order, and he gave up 11 hits before leaving with two outs in the eighth and the bases loaded.

The Trappers, a team with no major league affiliation in the rookie Pioneer League, started their streak June 25, when they beat Pocatello, Idaho, 12-6, at home.

A month later -- last Saturday -- they defeated Pocatello at home again for their 28th straight victory.

That broke the record of 27 straight wins, set in 1902 by the Corsicana Oilers of the Texas League and matched in 1921 by the Baltimore Orioles of the International League.

Salt Lake added to its streak Sunday night with an 8-6 win over Pocatello.

The Trappers are 32-4 and 16 games in front of their nearest competitor in the league's Southern Divison.

Billings (24-10) leads the Northern Division. It was the first time the two teams have met this season.

Asked if the end of the streak relieved any pressure, Trapper Manager Jim Gilligan said, "I feel worse than I have in a month. It's fun to win and never any fun to lose. There wasn't any pressure after we won the 28th. There's pressure now; we've got a one-game losing streak."