Beavers Pull Away From Aces With Three-run Eighth
RENO, Nev. - Mike Baxter went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and the Portland Beavers broke open a tie game with a three-run eighth that carried them to a 9-6 win over the Reno Aces at Aces Ballpark Saturday night.
Sean Kazmar logged a pair of doubles, Aaron Cunningham reached safely four times and Dusty Ryan hit the Beavers' (21-34) first home run since May 28.
Cole Gillespie belted a two-run homer in the first and catcher Carlos Corporan fell a home run shy of the cycle for the Aces (24-33), who have dropped nine of their last 11 contests.
Cesar Ramos (2-2) earned his second win with a scoreless seventh.
All three eighth-inning runs were credited to reliever Daniel Stange (4-3).
The game started out as a slugfest as the two sides combined for 11 runs in the first three innings.
The Beavers scored twice in the top of the first. Cunningham doubled and eventually scored on a passed ball. Eric Munson hit an RBI single to score Craig Cooper, who had walked.
The Aces responded with Gillespie's two-run homer in the bottom of the first.
Ryan's solo homer with one out got things started in the second inning, which saw Portland plate three runs. After a walk to pitcher Cesar Carrillo and a single by Cunningham, Baxter hit his two-run double to left to put the Beavers up 5-2.
Corporan tripled and scored on a groundout in the second inning to get one run back for Reno.
Carrillo allowed three runs in the third as the Aces started the frame with Ed Rogers' walk - one of three on the night - a Gillespie single and a Jeff Bailey RBI single. Brandon Allen plated another run with a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Carrillo issued two more walks to Yunesky Sanchez and Corporan before Bailey gave Reno a 6-5 lead by scoring on Pedro Ciriaco's forceout.
The Beavers tied the game at six-all with a run in the fifth when Baxter came home on Kazmar's first double of the game.
Portland's Mike DeMark and Reno's Jose Marte cooled down the offenses with two scoreless innings apiece before the Beavers were able to push across three runs in the top of the eighth.
Kazmar started things off with his second double and moved to third on Brad Chalk's pinch-hit single. Luis Durango hit a bouncer up the middle, which the shortstop Ciriaco fired past the catcher Corporan in an attempt to nail Kazmar at the plate. Instead, the go-ahead run scored and Durango advanced to second. Cunningham then walked to load the bases and after Baxter popped out, Stange forced in a run by walking Cooper. He was relieved by Zach Kroenke, who let in one more run on a wild pitch before inducing a pop-up by Munson to finally end the inning.
Carrillo was charged with a season-high six earned runs on five hits and five walks in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.
Reno starter Wes Roemer gave up six runs (4 earned) on eight hits while walking five and fanning three in five innings of work.
Ernesto Frieri notched his 11th save in 13 chances with a scoreless ninth.
The Beavers and Aces continue their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (Pacific).
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