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Rainiers take series opener over Aces, 8-2



image001-300x214-8144154-9776497TACOMA, Wash.—Ed Rogers pushed his hitting streak to 13 games, but Reno’s offense couldn’t keep pace Saturday night, as the Aces fell 8-2 to the Tacoma Rainiers in the series-opener at Cheney Stadium.

Reno couldn’t manage to get on the board in the early-going, but Aces starter Kevin Mulvey kept his club in the game. Tacoma led 3-0 through six innings, but the Aces offense finally came to life in the seventh, pushing two runs across to cut the deficit to one. The Rainiers would respond with a run in the home half of the seventh and four more in the eighth to coast to the series-opening victory.

Mulvey (5-7) was pinned with the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits over seven innings of work. Out of the Aces bullpen, Leyson Septimo allowed three earned runs in one-third of an inning before TJ Beam came on and recorded the final out of the eighth inning.

The win went to Tacoma righty Yoervis Medina (1-0), who scattered three hits over 5.2 scoreless frames. Anthony Varvaro earned a hold, and Josh Lueke slammed the door in the eighth and ninth to earn his first save.

At the dish for Reno, Rogers’ ninth-inning single in his last at-bat extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Yunesky Sanchez recorded two hits for the Aces, while Doug Deeds and Carlos Corporan drove in Reno’s two runs on the night.

The series continues on Sunday afternoon from Cheney Stadium. RHP Matt Torra (7-6, 4.23 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Tacoma counters with RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-2, 5.63 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. PT.

The Aces return home to Reno on Wednesday, Aug. 4 to kick-off an eight-game homestand versus Nashville and Memphis. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

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