Ryan Roberts gave Reno the lead with a two-run first-inning homer, and the Aces poured it on from there, taking the series-clincher 10-3 over Portland Thursday night at PGE Park.
After Chris Rahl led off the game with a double, Roberts' ninth homer of the season gave the Aces a two-run lead before Portland recorded an out. Reno would add another in the first and coast to the victory behind strong pitching by Matt Torra. The Aces also benefited from eight Portland walks, ensuring that their final game at Portland's PGE Park would be a victorious one.
Torra (7-6) kept the Beavers at bay, tossing eight innings and surrendering just two runs on six hits. Jose Marte threw the final inning for Reno to preserve the victory.
Cesar Ramos (2-4) was tagged with the loss, giving up eight hits and five runs—four earned—in four innings of work.
Roberts' first-inning homer was one of three long balls for the Aces. Mark Hallberg hit his first of the season in his 83rd game, while Brandon Allen added his team-leading 13th dinger in the eighth inning. Rahl stole a base, scored twice, and recorded two hits from the leadoff spot.
The Aces are now 5-2 after a nine-game losing streak ostensibly removed them from the Pacific Coast League playoff picture. They are still 15 games out of first place and 17 games under .500.
- Reno's eight starting position players each recorded at least one hit.
- Allen has homered in the past two games after going 1-for-25 in his previous eight
- This marks the fifth time Torra has gone at least eight innings in his 20 starts this season
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