Rogers Blast Lifts Reno Over Portland, 3-1
PORTLAND, Ore. - Ed Rogers hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and Billy Buckner allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings as the Reno Aces beat the Portland Beavers 3-1 at PGE Park on Friday night.
Doug Deeds added a double and triple for the Aces (15-14), who moved above .500 for the first time since April 12.
Buckner (3-1) scattered seven hits and two walks while striking out three.
Josh Geer (0-3) took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning but gave up the home run to Rogers. He struck out five.
Luis Durango had three hits and his league-leading 13th steal and Craig Stansberry picked up a pair of singles for the Beavers (11-17), who have dropped 10 of their last 12 games since a four-game sweep in Sacramento, April 20-23.
The Beavers put a run on the board in the third. Durango led off with a single to center, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Sean Kazmar hit a fly ball deep enough to left that the speedy Durango could trot home.
Geer, who cruised through the first six innings with just two runners reaching second base, ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh. Conor Jackson, on a major league rehab assignment from the Aces' parent Arizona club, singled to start the frame. After Jeff Bailey flew out to center, Ryan Roberts worked a walk to set up Rogers, who lined his three-run shot off the brick wall behind the left field fence.
Portland loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh off Buckner and reliever Carlos Rosa, but Kazmar took strike three and Mike Baxter's line drive to deep left-center was chased down by the center fielder Deeds to eliminate the threat.
The Beavers had runners at the corners in the eighth with one out and on first and second in the ninth with none out, but just could not get the elusive hit to bring any runs in.
T.J. Beam notched his fifth save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Beavers and Aces continue their series at PGE Park Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Friday night's promotion was the annual Bark in the Park presented by Marmaduke. Fans brought their dogs to the game and were entertained by JD Platt and the K9 Kings ... Portland was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position ... the Beavers have scored just 10 runs in their last five games ... the Beavers outhit Reno 10-7 ... outfielder Drew Macias, who played much of the 2009 season for Portland, made the trip as part of the Aces' disabled list.
Beavers Game File FRIDAY'S GAME: Reno 3, Beavers 1 WINNING PITCHER: Buckner (3-1) LOSING PITCHER: Geer (0-3) SAVE: Beam (5) HOME RUNS: Rogers (2) SATURDAY'S GAME: Reno (Kevin Mulvey: 0-1, 4.05) at Portland (Cesar Carrillo: 1-2, 3.24), 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).
SATURDAY'S PROMOTION: It's Military Appreciation Night presented by FLIR Systems at PGE Park on Saturday, and the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a cool 3D View-Master. Ten lucky fans will win a free suite for an upcoming game, while 200 other fans will find in their View-Masters a coupon redeemable for a $1 Beavers ticket. All active military personnel will be let in free with identification and their family and friends are eligible for discounted infield reserve tickets.
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