Baxter, Beavers Rally to Beat Aces in Reno
RENO, Nev. - Mike Baxter went 4-for-4 with two triples, two RBIs and three runs scored and Craig Stansberry tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Portland Beavers erased two deficits to win the opener of a four-game series 7-6 over the Reno Aces on Monday night at Aces Ballpark.
Baxter, who leads all of professional baseball with 41 runs scored since July 23, became the first player in franchise history (since 2001) to hit 10 or more doubles, triples and home runs and steal 10 or more bases in the same season. He joined Salt Lake's Peter Bourjos and Omaha's David Lough as PCL hitters to accomplish it this season.
Jody Gerut had two hits and two RBIs and Sean Kazmar scored twice as the Beavers (56-81) improved to 8-2 on their season-long, 13-game road trip.
Mark Hallberg had three hits and was a home run short of the cycle while Jeff Bailey hit a two-run homer and walked three times for the Aces (65-71), who lost for just the ninth time in 28 August games.
Greg Burke (2-2) earned the win with a scoreless seventh.
Wes Roemer (2-6) took his sixth loss, giving up two runs on three hits in three innings.
Baxter singled and scored on Gerut's RBI single in the first and the Aces fired back as Doug Deeds tripled and came home on a groundout in the bottom of the inning.
Deeds doubled home Hallberg as Reno went up 2-1 in the second.
Portland rallied to take the lead in the third with a three-spot. Sean Kazmar doubled and scored on Baxter's RBI single before back-to-back run-scoring doubles by Gerut and Nick Green.
Reno matched Portland at four with Jeff Bailey's two-run shot in the bottom of the third.
Baxter tripled home Kazmar in the fourth.
Reliever Scott Munter ran into trouble in the sixth, walking four straight batters with two outs to hand Reno a 6-5 lead.
Baxter led off the seventh with his second triple and scored on Wily Mo Peña's RBI single to center.
Stansberry tripled down the right field line against Roemer to start the eighth and scored when catcher Ed Easley could not keep a wild pitch in front of him.
Despite walking two in the ninth, Adam Russell protected the one-run lead to convert his 11th straight save opportunity and 14th on the season.
Top Padres pitching prospect Simon Castro threw five innings in his Triple-A debut, allowing four runs (3 earned) on seven hits and two walks.
Bryan Augenstein gave up five runs in five innings for Reno while piling up eight strikeouts.
The Beavers and Aces continue their four-game series in Reno Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Before the game, outfielder Aaron Cunningham was recalled by the Padres while right-hander Luis Perdomo was optioned from San Diego ... Baxter's 10 triples rank second in franchise history behind Kory De Haan's 14 in 2002 ... the three triples by Portland were a season high ... Baxter has a team-leading five game with four-or-more hits ... Stansberry needs two more hits to match Jon Knott's career franchise record (395).
Beavers Game File MONDAY'S GAME: Beavers 7, Reno 6 WINNING PITCHER: Burke (2-2) LOSING PITCHER: Roemer (2-6) SAVE: Russell (14) HOME RUNS: Bailey (12) TUESDAY'S GAME: Portland (Chris Young: NR) at Reno (Zach Kroenke: 6-3, 3.69), 7:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on Freedom 970 AM and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialPortlandBeavers).
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