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Aces Blanked in Opener at Tacoma

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 The Tacoma Rainiers tossed a combined shutout Monday at Cheney Stadium and beat the Reno Aces, 11-0, in the series-opener between the Pacific North division rivals.

Tacoma jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning. Endy Chavez reached on a fielder's choice and Ty Kelly doubled to left, and both runners scored on a Jesus Montero single to right field.

They added another run in the second on an Abraham Almonte RBI single.

That was all the Rainiers pitching staff would need, as Matt Palmer and Chance Ruffin combined to toss the shutout.

Palmer went five innings and scattered three hits to earn his first win of the season in just his second start. He retired the first seven Aces batters in order.

In the sixth inning, the Rainiers batted around and plated six runs. Their first four batters reached base safely and came around to score, and Leury Bonilla capped the scoring with a bases-loaded double that drove home all three runners.

Montero added to the lead with a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning, and Tacoma added another run in the eighth inning.

The loss was Reno's third-straight on travel days, by a combined score of 32-5.

Danny Dorn went 2-for-3 with two singles in his Aces debut and was the only Reno player to record a multi-hit game.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow night for a 6:05 p.m. start in Tacoma. Reno will turn to RHP Zeke Spruill (1-1, 6.04), and the Rainiers will counter with LHP James Gilheeney (1-3, 7.88).
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