Aces deal second consecutive shutout |

Aces deal second consecutive shutout

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OMAHA, Neb. – Billy Buckner tossed seven scoreless innings Monday night, as the Reno Aces fired their second straight shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Omaha Royals at Rosenblatt Stadium.

One night after the Aces held the O-Royals to no runs and just one hit, Buckner (7-3) dominated the Omaha lineup through seven frames. Buckner struck out 10 batters and scattered just four hits in the winning effort. Out of the Aces’ bullpen, Scott Maine worked a scoreless eighth and Scott Dohmann dealt a 1-2-3 ninth.

The loss fell to Omaha starter Dusty Hughes (1-3), who surrendered three runs on six hits over six innings of work.

The game was deadlocked in a scoreless tie through five innings, but Reno finally broke through in the sixth. A run-scoring groundout by Chris Roberson chased across the Aces’ first run, then Brandon Allen unloaded for a two-run home run to right field, pushing the lead to 3-0.

The Aces added two insurance runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Ruben Gotay.

The series continues on Tuesday night from Rosenblatt Stadium. Right-hander Tony Barnette (10-7, 6.25 earned run average) gets the nod for Reno, while Omaha will counter with southpaw Heath Phillips (6-7, 5.47 ERA). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., and the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.

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The Aces return home Friday for an eight-game homestand.