(Photo by Jared Bayer/Vegas Desert Sports)

RENO - Tonight the Las Vegas Aviators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Reno Aces.

After losing the last five at home to El Paso, Las Vegas needed to get back to their winning ways and that early season of success that kept atop of their division.

Well, that happened at Greater Nevada Field tonight when starting pitcher Paul Blackburn gave the Aviators a solid six-inning performance from the hill. In his six innings of work, Blackburn gave up just three hits and struck out four Aces batters in the victory.

This also gave Blackburn his third win of the season which was a major bounce-back performance to his April 24 start against El Paso where he gave up eight runs.

Seth Brown had a very good night for the Aviators driving in three runs, one of them courtesy of a triple in the top of the fourth inning that drove in Skye Bolt which put Las Vegas on the board first. Sean Murphy extended Las Vegas's lead over Reno in the top of the fourth with sac-fly that brought in Brown. 

Later in the game, Brown collected his other two runs of the night when he blasted a two-run shot over the right field porch in the top of the eighth inning off of Reno Aces Braden Shipley that gave Las Vegas a 6-0 lead.

In short relief for Las Vegas, Norge Ruiz surrendered three runs, allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out three Reno Aces batters in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.

Brian Schlitter would get the save of the night for Las Vegas with his fourth of the season.   

In the 6-3 victory over Reno, Aviators center fielder Bolt scored twice.

Las Vegas would improve to 16-9 on the season with a game and a half behind El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division standings.

The Aviators will continue their four-game series tomorrow against the Reno Aces with first pitch scheduled at 11:05 a.m. PDT.