Allen connects for 21st homer as Aces win fifth in a row |

Allen connects for 21st homer as Aces win fifth in a row

RENO – Josh Collmenter gave Reno a solid start and Brandon Allen crushed his team-leading 21st home run of the season on Sunday, as the Aces cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds at Aces Ballpark.

The win is Reno’s season-best fifth straight. The Aces have now won seven of eight and nine of their past 12 games.

The Aces scored six times between the third and fifth innings, and that was plenty of cushion for Collmenter (4-3), who leads all Arizona minor leaguers with 12 overall victories. Collmenter worked six innings, scattering two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Kasey Olenberger, TJ Beam and Jose Marte each worked a spotless frame to preserve the victory.

The loss fell to Memphis starter Brandon Dickson (9-8), who surrendered six runs – five earned – on 11 hits over five innings. Dickson walked three and punched out five.

At the plate for Reno, Chris Rahl backed-up a four-hit night on Saturday with three more hits on Sunday – hitting safely in seven straight at-bats. Jeff Bailey finished with three hits and two RBI, and Allen wrapped up the scoring with a monster solo home run in the eighth inning.

Sunday’s game was delayed 19 minutes due to rain.

The Aces and Redbirds hook up again on Monday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (4-7, 4.95 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, while Memphis counters with RHP Lance Lynn (9-8, 5.34 ERA). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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