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Aces Lose Opener to Sacramento

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The Sacramento River Cats used a six-run, fourth inning to grab a come-from-behind 8-4 win over the Reno Aces  Monday night at Aces Ballpark.

Garrett Weber  sparked the Aces (9-16) in the bottom of the first inning when he took Sacramento starter Jake Dunning out of the park for a solo homer to straightaway center-field to give Reno a 1-0 lead.

Dunning retired the next two hitters but Jamie Romak's double down the left-field line started a two-out rally. Blake Lalli followed with a run-scoring single to plate Romak and give the Aces an early 2-0 advantage.

They extended the lead to 3-0 in the second thanks to Trayvon Robinson's lead-off double. After a sac bunt and back-to-back walks to load the bases, Peter O'Brien delivered Robinson to the plate with a single to left.

Trailing 3-1 heading to the fourth inning, the River Cats finally got to Aces starter A.J. Schugel . Sacramento (14-11) started the fourth with five consecutive singles to even the game at 3-3. Former Ace Pedro Ciriaco hit into a 5-4 fielder's choice for the first out of the inning before Sacramento took the lead for good when Dunning lifted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 4-3.

It didn't end there as Skyler Stromsmoe knocked in another run with a base hit to left-field, and Jarrett Parker drew a bases loaded walk off reliever Tim Crabbe for the sixth run of the inning. In all, the six runs came on seven hits, two walks and two errors. Schugel was charged with seven runs (six earned) and took the loss.

The Aces came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth to pull within 7-4, but that's as close as they'd get.

Sacramento center-fielder Ryan Lollis hit a solo home run off Derek Eitel in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 8-4. Reno left at least one runner on base in each of the final four innings and ended the game 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Robinson, Romak and Danny Worth led the way offensively for Reno as all three collected a pair of hits. Weber was on base four times with the lead-off home run and three walks.

Game two of the four-game set is scheduled for Tuesday night. Right-hander Caleb Clay (2-0, 2.38) will start for the Aces against right-hander Robert Coello (3-1, 3.86). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. 
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