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Aces rock the Bees

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RENO – Pedro Ciriaco hit a fourth-inning grand slam, and Bryan Augenstein struck out a career-high 11 batters as Reno cruised to a 12-2 victory over Salt Lake Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.

The Aces scored 11 runs from the second to the fourth innings, capped off with Ciriaco’s slam. Reno used timely hitting – going 6 for 14 with runners in scoring position – and capitalized on nine Salt Lake walks to put up its second double-digit scoring output in its last six games.

Augenstein and the Aces’ bullpen did the rest, holding the Bees scoreless until a Brandon Wood two-run homer in the ninth.

Augenstein (4-6) started for the Aces, earning the victory and contributing 11 of the 17 strikeouts recorded by Aces’ pitchers. Jose Marte struck out five in two innings, and Daniel Stange tossed the final inning to close the door on the Bees.

Reno scored 11 of its 12 runs against Bees’ starter Trevor Reckling (4-6), who tossed 3 1/3 innings and took the loss for Salt Lake.

Three Reno starters recorded multihit games, led by Ciriaco, who finished just a triple short of a cycle. Tony Abreu, playing with Reno on a Major League rehabilitation assignment, added two doubles and a single, while Drew Macias knocked in three runs for the Aces.