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5/17/2016

Kyle Jensen belted his fourth home run, Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) reached base four times and Josh Collmenter fired 4 1/3 innings in a rehab start as the Reno Aces defeated the Iowa Cubs, 5-3, Tuesday afternoon at Greater Nevada Field. Jensen’s home run was his first at home this season, and it helped Reno clinch its fourth series win of the season.

Reno (18-20) picked up its third consecutive win against Iowa (18-19) after being handed a 17-2 loss Saturday night. Two runs in the second and another pair in the fourth gave the Aces an early 4-0 advantage against the I-Cubs whose starter, Scott Barnes, threw just two innings in his return from the disabled list.

Barnes struck out the side in the bottom of the first, but Jensen greeted the southpaw with a mammoth solo blast over the scoreboard in left in the second, giving the Aces a 1-0 lead. Sócrates Brito (@SocratesBrito) then bunted his way aboard, moved to second on a balk and stole third before Mark Thomas lined a run-scoring single to center.

Reno doubled its lead in the fourth behind an RBI double from Rivero and run-scoring single by Collmenter, the fourth base hit by an Aces starter in the series.

The I-Cubs’ Juan Perez cracked the scoring against Collmenter in the fifth with a one-out solo shot. Reno answered in the home half, thanks to Jensen who walked, moved to third on an error and eventually hustled home on a wild pitch.

Iowa cut its four-run deficit in half with two runs in the seventh, both coming in on a deep sacrifice fly by Willson Contreras. Aces lefty Adam Loewen entered with the tying run at the plate but made quick work of Dan Vogelbach by fielding and starting a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.

Dominic Leone (@DLeone54) threw a scoreless eighth to keep the Aces on top 5-3, but the Cubs didn’t go down without a fight. Enrique Burgos walked the bases loaded, forcing another pitching change by Aces skipper Phil Nevin. Matt Stites (@matt_stites) was called upon and calmly recorded the final out for his first save.

Kyle Drabek (@kyledrabek4) picked up the win in relief of Collmenter, improving to 3-2 on the season. He threw two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over two innings. Barnes (1-3) was handed the loss after his two-inning start.

Following a league-wide off day on Wednesday, Reno continues its eight-game, nine-day homestand Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion Kansas City Royals. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT. Reno will send left-hander Edwin Escobar (1-0, 2.40) to the mound, opposite Omaha right-hander Miguel Almonte (2-3, 5.34). 

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