Mired in a 4-for-28 slump since being optioned from Arizona in early July, outfielder Peter O’Brien broke free with a pair of long home runs as the Reno Aces dumped the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 8-3, on Saturday night at Greater Nevada Field. Carlos Rivero (@Carlos_Rivero3) joined O’Brien with a two-homer game, while Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) added a solo shot in the win.

The Aces (48-45) guaranteed themselves a series split against OKC with the victory and will seek their first series win since a four-game sweep at Albuquerque from June 17-20.

Rivero gave Aces right-hander Matt Buschmann @Busch26) an early 1-0 lead with his 10th home run of the season in the second. The 28-year-old tacked on a solo blast in the eighth for his second multi-homer game of the season and seventh of his career.

The Dodgers (53-39) responded with two runs in the top of the third after a wild pitch on a strikeout extended the inning. Austin Barnes and Jack Murphy capitalized on the miscue, lining two-out singles to give the visitors a brief 2-1 advantage.

Playing in Reno on a Major League rehab assignment, Chris Owings (@cowings5) tripled to right in the home half and scored on a Haniger single, knotting the game at two. Moments later, O’Brien clubbed a two-run homer to left-center, pacing the Aces to a 4-2 lead.

The score remained 4-2 until O’Brien launched a two-out solo homer to dead center in the fifth, extending Reno’s lead to three.

OKC threatened in the sixth against Buschmann, loading the bases with two outs. Southpaw Adam Loewen was summoned from the bullpen and promptly struck out Micah Johnson to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard.

A two-out knock by Will Venable in the seventh pulled OKC within two, but Haniger’s homer in the bottom half made it 6-3.

Rivero’s second homer preceded a double by Dan Rohlfing (@DanRohlfing) and pinch-hit RBI single from Zach Borenstein, providing the final margin.

In his return from the disabled list, Buschmann (6-6) fired 5 2/3 innings of seven-hit, two-run ball, with four walks and four strikeouts. Ross Stripling (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over four innings.

The multi-homer effort was O’Brien’s fourth between Reno and Arizona this season and 11th overall in his five-year career.

As a team, Reno smashed five homers, their most since April 19, 2014, when they hit five at Fresno.

The Aces and OKC Dodgers conclude their four-game series with the finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send left-hander Anthony Banda (0-2, 6.60) to the mound, while righty Jharel Cotton (7-4, 4.74) gets the ball for Oklahoma City.

Reno Aces Press Release