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Aces Beat El Paso

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The Reno Aces scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning on their way to a 6-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.

With the win, the Aces (15-18) have won six of their last seven games, including three straight.

Garrett Weber broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning when he sent a base hit up the middle that scored Trayvon Robinson from second base to give the Aces a 4-3 lead.

Danny Dorn, playing in his first game back with Reno, followed with a single to put runners at first and second for Peter O'Brien. El Paso Manager Pat Murphy summoned Leonel Campos to face O'Brien.

He needed one pitch to give the Aces a pair of insurance runs. O'Brien lined the first pitch he saw to the wall in left-field for a two-run double and a 6-3 edge.

Starter Justin Marks was dominant in the early innings. The southpaw faced the minimum through three innings and didn't allow a hit until Rico Noel singled to start the fourth. He went on to strike out the side before running into trouble in the fifth.

Up 3-0, Marks issued a one-out walk to Taylor Lindsey who quickly moved to second on Rocky Gale's single. He then walked pinch-hitter Jason Lane to put runners at every base. Noel lifted a sacrifice fly to center to get El Paso on the scoreboard at 3-1.

With runners at second and third, shortstop Mike McCoy singled up the middle to score Gale. On the base hit, Robinson bobbled the ball in center-field, allowing Lane to score and knot the game at 3-3. Marks was lifted after 4 2/3 innings for Matt Reynolds who got out of the inning.

Marks struck out nine batters and Aces pitchers matched a season-high with 13 strikeouts.

Weber helped the Aces gain an early 1-0 advantage when he led off with a double in the first. It extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League.

Nick Evans had a pair of doubles and O'Brien knocked in three runs and is now tied for the league lead with 32 RBI.

Reliever Kaleb Fleck worked two scoreless innings in relief and picked up the win. Jay Jackson was charged with the loss.

Game two of the four-game series is set for Wednesday night. Left-hander Robbie Ray (1-3, 4.01) starts for the Aces against right-hander James Needy (3-2, 7.22) for the Chihuahuas. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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