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Aces Score Early, Often In 10-3 Victory07/23/2010 1:16 AM ET
PORTLAND, Ore.-Ryan Roberts gave Reno the lead with a two-run first-inning homer, and the Aces poured it on from there, taking the series-clincher 10-3 over Portland Thursday night at PGE Park.
After Chris Rahl led off the game with a double, Roberts' ninth homer of the season gave the Aces a two-run lead before Portland recorded an out. Reno would add another in the first and coast to the victory behind strong pitching by Matt Torra. The Aces also benefited from eight Portland walks, ensuring that their final game at Portland's PGE Park would be a victorious one.
Torra (7-6) kept the Beavers at bay, tossing eight innings and surrendering just two runs on six hits. Jose Marte threw the final inning for Reno to preserve the victory.
Cesar Ramos (2-4) was tagged with the loss, giving up eight hits and five runs-four earned-in four innings of work.
Roberts' first-inning homer was one of three long balls for the Aces. Mark Hallberg hit his first of the season, while Brandon Allen added his team-leading 13th dinger in the eighth inning. Rahl scored twice and recorded two hits from the leadoff spot.
The Aces return home Friday to begin an eight-game homestand against Fresno and Las Vegas. Friday's pitching matchup will feature Aces RHP Wes Roemer (1-5, 7.08 ERA) against Grizzlies LHP Matt Yourkin (6-3, 3.39 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. from Aces Ballpark, and is a Saint Mary's Fireworks Friday presented by KOLO 8, with a fireworks show immediately following the game.
Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.