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Big night for Roberts but Aces fall to 51s

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LAS VEGAS – Ryan Roberts hit his fifth home run and drove in four runs for the Aces, but a six-run 51s’ fourth-inning doomed Reno, which fell 9-5 to Las Vegas on Friday night at Cashman Field.

The Aces fell behind 3-0 early in the game before clawing back in the third on a Roberts’ RBI walk, but left the bases loaded. The 51s answered with a six-run fourth, however, extending their lead to 9-1. Reno fought back throughout the evening, threatening on several occasions but ended up leaving 14 men on base in the loss.

Wes Roemer (1-4) suffered the loss after the 51s roughed him up for nine runs – eight earned – in just four innings of work. Four Aces’ relievers kept the score close, but the early deficit proved too much to overcome.

Josh Roenicke (3-0) earned the win for Las Vegas in relief of starter Luis Perez, who tossed the first 4 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs despite walking five Aces’ hitters.

Roberts finished 2 for 4 with four of Reno’s five RBI on the evening. Mark Hallberg finished 1 for4 with an RBI, while John Hester added a hit and a run scored.

The Aces wrap up their three-game set against the 51s on Saturday evening, sending RHP Bryan Augenstein (4-7, 6.19 ERA) to the mound to face 51s’ LHP Zach Jackson (2-1, 4.38 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. from Cashman Field, and all the action can be heard live in Reno on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or online at