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Pence Powers River Cats Past Reno

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The Reno Aces lost for just a third time since the All-Star break as the Sacramento River Cats won the series opener, 12-4, on Tuesday night at Greater Nevada Field. Playing on a Major League rehab assignment, Hunter Pence gave the visitors the lead for good with an opposite-field two-run homer in the fourth.

Pence’s shot broke a 1-1 tie and set Matt Buschmann (@Busch26) up for his first loss since June 14 at Las Vegas, snapping a personal five-game win streak in the process.

Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) brought Reno (56-47) within one when he lined an opposite-field solo homer in the fifth, making the score 3-2. The blast was Haniger’s sixth over his last five games and 19th through 44 Triple-A contests.

Sacramento (47-57) responded with a two-spot in the sixth, capitalizing on four walks and a single. A run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Gabby Guerrero in the home half pulled the Aces back within two at 5-3, but a six-run seventh opened the floodgates for the San Francisco Giants’ top affiliate.

Singles by Rando Moreno and Pence ignited the outburst against Alexi Ogando (@OgandoAlexi). A sacrifice fly from Travis Ishikawa pushed Sacramento’s advantage to three, before a two-run single by Kelby Tomlinson, two-run triple by Gorkys Hernandez and RBI single by Chris Denorfia turned the tight game into a rout.

A run-scoring single by Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) in the eighth gave Reno its final run, and Sacramento’s Juan Ciriaco capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Adam Loewen.

Buschmann (7-7) suffered the defeat after allowing five runs – four earned – on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. His counterpart, Adalberto Mejia, improved to 4-1 after churning five innings of two-run ball. The southpaw scattered five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in his eighth career Triple-A start.

Tomlinson led Sacramento with four knocks, while Pence and Hernandez each notched three-hit performances. Haniger, Vargas and Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) recorded two hits apiece in the loss.

The Aces and River Cats continue their four-game series with game two on Wednesday night. First pitch from Greater Nevada Field is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. Reno will send left-hander Anthony Banda (2-2, 4.60) to the mound, while righty Clayton Blackburn (5-7, 5.03) gets the nod for Sacramento

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