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Aces win sixth consecutive series over Las Vegas

Tribune staff report

The Reno Aces scored their sixth consecutive series win — a first — by winning three of their four recent games against the Las Vegas 51s.

Playing in Las Vegas, the Aces won aturday’s game 4-3 and Sunday’s game 7-4. The Aces dropped Monday’s third game 6-4, but squeaked by with a 6-5 win on Tuesday night to take the series.

The scoring Tuesday went back and forth as Reno jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third and Las Vegas quickly answered back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning.

The Aces added one in the fourth to tie the game at three apiece, but the 51s took the lead 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

Alfredo Marte tied the game at four in the seventh inning with an RBI single that scored Aaron Cunningham, and then Reno regained the lead with a line drive to centerfield that scored Mike Jacobs.

Tyler Bortnick produced the winning run in the eighth with a groundout that scored Blake Lalli, bringing the score to 6-4.

Las Vegas pinch-hitter Kai Gronauer brought the 51s within one with a sacrifice fly, but Aces closer Matt Stites retired Zach Lutz on a flyout to notch his ninth save in as many attempts.

Starting pitcher Bo Shultz recorded his fourth win of the season, going six innings with four runs on seven hits and four strikeouts.

Reno returned home for a four-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas that started Thursday night and ends with a Sunday matinee beginning at 1:05 p.m.


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