RENO, Nev.— Brandon Allen homered for the third-straight game, but the Las Vegas offense was too much Wednesday afternoon as the 51s knocked-off the Reno Aces, 16-8, at Aces Ballpark.
Reno put a run on the board in the first to capture an early lead, but Las Vegas answered with seven runs in the second inning, four in the third and five more in the fourth to build an advantage that would not be threatened. The Aces battled back with four runs in the seventh, but the comeback effort fell short, as the series evened at a game apiece.
Allen hit a solo shot in the third inning—his third in as many days—and added a ninth-inning triple. The home run marked Allen’s 50th in an Aces uniform since joining the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 2009.
Aces starter Tom Layne (6-3) took the loss, surrendering 11 earned runs on 10 hits over just two innings of work. Rafael Rodriguez came on in relief and allowed five runs in 1.2 innings. After that, four more Aces relievers combined to hold the 51s scoreless over the game’s final 5.1 frames.
The win went to 51s starter Rey Gonzalez (2-1), who scattered seven runs on 10 hits over 6.2 innings.
At the plate for Reno, Tony Abreu doubled to run his hitting streak to 14-straight games. Evan Frey collected 4 hits, and Konrad Schmidt hit his sixth double in his last four games. Ramon Castillo singled in the ninth for his first-career Triple-A hit.
The Aces and 51s continue the Silver State Diamond Challenge Thursday night at Aces Ballpark. LHP Zach Kroenke (4-0, 5.71 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, while Las Vegas counters with LHP Brett Cecil (8-2, 5.08 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT,