Aces Rout River Cats, Move Within Three Games of First Place

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RENO, Nev. — The Reno Aces scored early, and they scored often in a 17-4 romp over the Sacramento River Cats Monday night at Aces Ballpark.

With the win, the Aces snapped a three-game losing streak and trail the River Cats by three games in the Pacific Northern Division standings.

A sacrifice fly by Mike Jacobs started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. After the River Cats scored a run to even the game in the top of the second, Reno plated four in the bottom half to start the rout.

Leading 6-2 heading to the bottom of the fourth, Reno scored six times on six hits to break it open. Nick Ahmed started the inning with a line-drive triple to the wall in right-field. He scored two batters later when Andy Marte launched his 14th home run of the season. Mike Jacobs followed with a solo homer of his own, his 13th of the year. It’s the sixth time the Aces have hit back-to-back home runs this year.

Sacramento starter Deck McGuire retired Roger Kieschnick, then allowed hits to Ronny Cedeno and Mike Freeman before walking Blake Lalli to load the bases. Blake Tekotte cleared everybody with a triple into the right-center gap to make it 12-2.

Cedeno’s RBI double and Freeman’s two-run single in the fifth gave the Aces a 15-2 lead. They scored in every inning except the sixth and eighth.

Reno’s Mike Bolsinger was the beneficiary of the offense as he improved to 7-3 with the win. He allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out nine. Bolsinger, Patrick Schuster, Kevin Munson and Jake Barrett combined for 16 strikeouts, one shy of a franchise record.

Ahmed and Freeman each collected four hits on the night, and Kieschnick, Cedeno and Lalli had three apiece. The 23 hits for the Aces ties for the second-most in franchise history, behind only the 25 hits they had in a June 24 win over Colorado Springs.

The Aces hit the road for an eight-game road trip set to begin Tuesday night in Round Rock, Texas. Right-hander Charles Brewer (6-9, 6.17) starts for Reno in game one against Express left-hander Edwar Cabrera (1-1, 5.29). First pitch is set for 5:05 PST.