Portland Drops Third Straight Game Despite Homers By Cooper, Kazmar
Carlos Corporan went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Ryan Roberts reached base four times and scored twice as the Reno Aces took the opener of a four-game series with a 9-6 win over the Portland Beavers at PGE Park Monday night.
Jeff Bailey's two-run double in the first ignited an Aces (39-57) offense that had five doubles and outhit Portland (36-59), 12-11. Roberts was 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base while Pedro Ciriaco had two hits and two RBIs.
The win went to Josh Collmenter (2-1), who was transferred from Class AA Mobile on Thursday and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out four.
Craig Cooper hit his sixth home run, a two-run shot in the second, and Sean Kazmar hit a line-drive, solo homer to left in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for Portland. Dusty Ryan went 2-for-4 with a double for his first multi-hit effort this season.
Cesar Carrillo (4-9) took his team-high ninth loss after 6 2/3 innings in which he allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks. He fanned six.
Doug Deeds and Ed Rogers led off the game with singles to set up Bailey. Two batters later, Ciriaco drove in Bailey with an RBI double.
Cooper's two-run shot down the left-field line in the second got the Beavers on the scoreboard.
The teams exchanged runs in the Brandon Allen stroked an RBI double in the third.
Carrillo led off the bottom of the third with a walk and wheeled to third on Cedric Hunter's single to center before scoring on Lance Zawadzki's sacrifice fly.
The Aces added on in the seventh with RBI singles by Roberts and Ciriaco, though the damage could have been greater as Drew Macias struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Ryan picked up his first home RBI since May 3 with an RBI single in the seventh.
Four Aaron Poreda walks led to two more Aces runs in the eighth.
After Kazmar's home run in the eighth, the Beavers loaded the bases against a pair of Aces relievers but Carlos Rosa got Josh Barfield to ground out to second and escaped the jam.
The Beavers made it interesting in the ninth against Rosa as Ryan doubled and scored on Hunter's RBI single and Zawadzki walked before Kyle Phillips, the potential tying run, struck out to end the game.
The Beavers and Aces continue their series Tuesday at PGE Park at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
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