Big Seventh Inning Leads Aces Past Chihuahuas

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EL PASO, Texas.— A seven-run seventh inning lifted the Aces to a 13-7 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park on Sunday night.

A tight contest turned into a laugher when Reno sent 13 to the plate in the seventh. It started with Mike Freeman who collected two hits in the inning. It’s the second time this week Freeman has collected two hits in one inning. The centerfielder also had two hits in the fifth inning of the Aces 6-0 win over Albuquerque on Monday.

The two teams exchanged runs early in game two of the series. Garrett Weber’s RBI double and Mike Jacobs’ sacrifice fly gave the Aces a 4-1 lead in the top of the third inning. It was short-lived as Cody Decker launched a two-out, three-run homer to even the game at 4-4 in the bottom half of the third.

In the fifth, shortstop Ronny Cedeno blasted his second home run of the year, a solo shot to put Reno back on top, 5-4.

Again, the lead didn’t last long as the Chihuahuas played long ball off Aces starter Lucas Harrell. Rymer Liriano led off the fifth with a base hit and Cody Decker followed with a two-run home run to give El Paso a 6-5 lead.

In the seventh, Reno got run-scoring hits from Jake Lamb, Zach Borenstein and Bobby Wilson. Jacobs and Lamb added runs on bases-loaded walks, and Cedeno plated another with a fielder’s choice.

Lamb led the offensive charge with his second three-hit game in as many nights. Playing in game two of a Major League rehab assignment, Cliff Pennington was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Ronny Cedeno and Mike Jacobs also had three hits in the game.

Every batter in the Reno lineup had at least one hit, and seven had at least two hits. Blake Cooper worked a scoreless sixth inning and picked up his first Triple-A win.

The Aces improved to 63-53 with the win, the first time they’ve been ten games over .500 since June 10. Coupled with Sacramento’s loss to Las Vegas, Reno trails the Rivercats by three games in the Pacific Northern standings.

Game three of the series is set for Monday night as the Aces will try for their fourth straight win. Left-hander Andrew Chafin (4-5, 5.57) starts against El Paso right-hander Chris Smith (1-0, 4.21). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PST.

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