Allen’s 24th homer not enough for Aces
RENO – Brandon Allen hit a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Aces Sunday night, but the Tacoma Rainiers pushed across two runs in the top of the 10th to escape with a 7-5 victory over Reno at Aces Ballpark.
Reno trailed early before battling back to tie the score through six innings. In the seventh, the Rainiers used back-to-back RBI hits to take a two-run lead that didn’t last long. In the bottom of the eighth, Allen smashed his team-leading 24th long ball of the season, knotting the score at 5.
The score stayed that way until the 10th, when Mike Carp smacked a run-scoring triple to give Tacoma a lead it protected. In the bottom half of the frame, the Aces went in order, evening the series at a game apiece.
Aces’ starter Cesar Valdez dealt a quality start, yet did not figure into the decision. Valdez worked six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Valdez walked three and struck out five. Out of the Aces’ bullpen, Jason Urquidez allowed two runs in the seventh inning before Kasey Olenberger came on to deal two scoreless frames. Jose Marte (3-3) entered the game in the 10th and surrendered both Tacoma runs to take the loss.
Tacoma starter Ryan Feierabend worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five. The win went to reliever Dan Cortes (1-1), who held Reno hitless over the game’s final 2 1/3 frames.
Jeff Bailey singled and walked for the Aces, extending his home on-base streak to a 2010 Pacific Coast League best and franchise-record 40-consecutive games. Ryan Roberts and Carlos Corporan finished with two hits apiece for the Aces, while Allen finished with three runs batted in.
The series rolls on with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch on Monday night at Aces Ballpark.
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