In a back-and-forth affair Thursday night that saw runs scored early and often, the Reno Aces prevailed over the Tacoma Rainiers, 15-11 at Aces Ballpark.
Both teams scored a run in each of the first five innings, and the Aces scored two or more runs in their first five times at bat.
Tacoma got on the board in the top of the first with three runs scored by their first three batters.
Reno answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. In the second, Tacoma scored once, and the Aces tied it with two runs.
Andy Marte hit a 2-run home run in the third inning, to tie the game again, this time at six runs a piece.
The Rainiers took the lead with two runs in the fourth, but the Aces took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame.
Each of the first five Reno batters scored in the fourth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Nick Evans. Mike Jacobs and Andy Marte also scored in the inning to make the score 11-8.
Tacoma tied the game once again in the fifth inning with three runs.
The tie didn’t last long, however, as Reno answered with two runs in the bottom half of the game. The Aces held Tacoma scoreless for the rest of the game, and tacked on two additional insurance runs to close out the scoring.
Evans and Marte each had four RBI for the Aces. Evans finished 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI, and Marte went 2-for-3 with a home run and 4 RBI. Each player also scored twice.
Mike Jacobs also hit a home run for Reno and finished the night 3-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. Tony Campana and Nick Ahmed each added two RBI as well.
Derek Eitel worked two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit to earn his third win of the season. Eury De La Rosa earned his second save of the year by working the last three innings without allowing a run.
The two teams will meet once again tomorrow night in the series finale, with Reno looking for the series split. LHP Randy Wolf (4-1, 4.18) will get the start for Reno, and LHP James Gillheeney (1-2, 7.59) will go for Tacoma. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.