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Jun 11, 2011 12:41 AM by Jordan Mason

Bullpen shines as Sox defeat Aces 6-4

Ryan Rohlinger hit a three-run double and the Sky Sox pitching staff allowed a season-low three hits as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the Reno Aces 6-4 for their second consecutive victory over the first place team in the Pacific North division in front of 4,430 fans at Security Service Field Friday.

The Aces took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an error by Sox starter John Maine and an RBI single by Kyle Greene. The lead was short lived as the Sox responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning on Rohlinger's three-run double and an error by left fielder Wily Mo Pena later in the inning that allowed Rohlinger to score.

Maine was unable to hold the lead as two wild pitches in the third allowed Reno to tie the game at four. The Sox would take the lead for good on a Cole Garner RBI groundout in the bottom half of the third to take a 5-4 lead. They would tack on their last run in the fifth on another RBI groundout, this time by Mike Jacobs.

Relievers Bruce Billings, Josh Roenicke and Jim Miller combined to shut down the Aces for the final five innings, allowing just a single hit while striking out four and walking two. Billings (5-2, 5.05) picked up the win for the Sox with two scoreless innings of work while Miller pitched the ninth for his seventh save of the season. Reno Starter Kevin Mulvey (3-5, 6.98) took the loss allowing five runs (three earned) on two hits in 2.0 innings of work.

With the win, the Sox improve to 29-33 and now trail Reno by 7.0 games in the Pacific North division. Reno falls to 36-26 with the loss.

The Sox will look to win the series Saturday as Greg Reynolds (3-1, 6.29) takes the hill against Barry Enright (3-2, 3.60). First Pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.



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