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Aces’ bullpen can’t hold lead in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Reno took a one-run lead into the eighth inning Thursday night, but a three-run Sacramento frame lifted the River Cats to an 8-6 victory and a series sweep over the Aces at Raley Field.

The game was tied at 5 until the top of the sixth inning when Aces center fielder Cole Gillespie hit a two-out double that chased home the go-ahead run. Reno kept that 6-5 lead until the home half of the eighth, when Sacramento touched up Aces’ relievers Saul Rivera and Luis Ayala for three runs on four hits.

The Aces brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Pedro Ciriaco fell just short of a go-ahead home run, flying out to the warning track in left to end the game.

Reno starter Bryan Augenstein took a no decision, allowing five runs – three earned – on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts. The loss fell to Ayala (1-6), who surrendered Sacramento’s final two runs of the evening.

The win went to Sacramento’s Jon Hunton (4-1), who entered the game with two outs in the eighth and went on to keep Reno silent in the ninth.

Brandon Allen led a 12-hit effort for the Aces with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Gillespie, John Hester, Ciriaco and Chris Rahl all collected two hits for the Aces.

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