Grizzlies Avoid Sweep, Snap Aces' Five-Game Winning Streak

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RENO, Nev.— The Fresno Grizzlies hit four home runs in their 7-4 win over the Aces Tuesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Bidding for their first series sweep since 2013, Reno fell behind in the first when Fresno’s Joe Panik lined a solo shot down the right field line. Much like Monday night’s game, the Aces responded and took the lead in the bottom half of the first.

Tony Campana led off with a single and came around to score on a Nick Evans RBI base hit. The hit extended Evans’ hitting streak to ten games. Mike Jacobs followed with a walk and Roger Kieschnick lined a single down the right-field line to score Evans and make it 2-1 Aces.

The Grizzlies regained the lead in the third when Adam Duvall doubled and Andrew Susac followed with a two-run homer to left. Again, Reno answered. With one out in the home half of the third, DiDi Gregorius was hit by a Jason Berken pitch. He raced home when Mike Jacobs doubled off the wall in left-center.

The middle of the order was back at it for Fresno in the fifth. Panik led off the inning with an infield single and came around to score when Duvall tripled to the gap in right-center.

Evans did his best to keep Reno in the mix with his second RBI of the game, a two-out single that scored Aaron Cunningham.

In the seventh, Reno reliever Eury De La Rosa got the first two batters out, then hit Tony Abreu with a pitch. Phil Nevin summoned Jess Todd for a righty-righty matchup with Duvall. Duvall won the battle, knocking a two-run homer to put Fresno on top 6-4. Susac followed suit with his second homer of the game, making it back-to-back blasts for the Grizzlies.

The two through five hitters of Abreu, Panik, Duvall and Susac combined for all seven runs Fresno scored and all nine of their hits.

Reno’s best opportunity to pull close was in the eighth when they loaded the bases but Nick Ahmed flied out to center to end the threat.

The Aces have a scheduled off-day Wednesday before opening the third leg of the 12-game homestand Thursday against Salt Lake. The Aces have not announced a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m.