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51s erupt for 23 hits, 17 runs in win

J.P. Arencibia hit a grand slam to highlight a seven-run second inning as the 51s outlasted the Fresno Grizzlies 17-11 in a Pacific Coast League game Sunday night at Fresno, Calif.

The early uprising staked Las Vegas to a 7-1 lead. Fresno chipped away to close within 7-6 after four innings before the 51s tacked on three runs in the sixth, three in the eighth and four more in the ninth.

Jeremy Reed collected four hits in six at-bats to pace the 51s’ 23-hit attack off five Fresno pitchers. Arencibia had three hits and drove in five runs, and Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs and hit his first home run with the 51s since being sent down by the Toronto Blue Jays on June 21. Aaron Mathews, the No. 9 hitter in the Las Vegas lineup, went 4-for-5.

Winning pitcher Rey Gonzalez allowed six hits and six runs in five innings to even his record at 6-6. Gonzalez walked four and struck out three.

The 51s did most of their damage in the second inning. Mathews hit a run-scoring single, and Reed singled in two more before Arencibia cleared the bases with his 17th home run of the season. All but Mathews’ hit came with two outs.

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