RENO, Nev.—Randy Ruiz hit a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Friday night, lifting the Reno Aces to a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers in the series opener at Aces Ballpark.
Reno led 5-0 early, but relinquished the lead and fell behind 9-6 in the eighth. In the home half of the frame, though, Jake Elmore brought the Aces to within two on a sacrifice fly, and two batters later Ruiz unloaded the bases with his second grand slam of the season, pushing the Aces to an 11-9 lead. Jonathan Albaladejo slammed the door in the ninth, and the Aces escaped with the series-opening victory.
Victor Capellan (1-0) earned his first-career Triple-A victory after recording the final two outs of the seventh inning. Starter Zach Kroenke did not figure into the decision, allowing eight runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings of work.
The loss fell to Rainiers reliever Oliver Perez (2-1), who surrendered Ruiz's blast in the eighth. Tacoma starter Forrest Snow surrendered five runs on five hits with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings of work.
At the dish for Reno, Ruiz led the way with three hits and five RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 14-straight games. Elmore drove in three runs, while Adam Eaton and Cole Gillespie added multi-hit efforts for the Aces.
The series continues on Saturday night from Aces Ballpark. RHP Brian Sweeney (0-0, 4.63 ERA) gets the nod for Tacoma. Reno's starter has yet to be announced. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. PT, and the night will be highlighted by an Aces Batting Practice Jersey Giveaway, presented by Dillard's.