It took 14 innings, but the Reno Aces walked out of Isotopes Ballpark with a 6-3, series-opening win over Albuquerque Thursday night.
Danny Dorn delivered the game-winning RBI single in the 14th inning, and Argenis Diaz added two insurance runs with a two-run double in the next at-bat.
The win moved Reno to 5-0 in extra innings this season, and the Aces have now outscored their opponents, 9-0, in extras.
The Aces scored two in the top of the first inning, marking the first time since June 16 that Reno had gotten on the board first.
Nick Ahmed reached on an error to lead off the game, and Tony Campana followed with a bunt single. After two fly balls and a walk to load the bases, Dorn hit a single to right field that scored Ahmed and Campana.
Reno starter Lucas Harrell held the score a 2-0 for seven innings, allowing just two hits along the way, but did not factor into the decision.
Albuquerque’s biggest threat to Harrell came in the fifth inning, when it got runners on first and second with two outs, but Harrell was able to get pinch-hitter Griff Erickson to line out to end the inning.
The Aces loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with no out, but managed only one run, on a Mike Jacobs sacrifice fly to deep right field.
The Isotopes finally got on the board in the eighth inning, after Will Harris came on in relief. With one out, Harris allowed a walk and a hit, and an error loaded the bases. After Harris got a strikeout, Tim Federowicz delivered a two-run single to center field to cut the lead to one.
Jake Barrett came on in the ninth inning, trying to earn his first Triple-A save, and got the first two outs. Walter Ibarra then came to the plate representing Albuquerque’s last hope in the frame, and he delivered, launching a solo home run to left field to tie the game.
Each team threatened in extra innings, but couldn’t push across any runs until Reno finally ended it in the 14th. Eury De La Rosa got the win for Reno after he tossed the 13th and 14th innings without allowing a run.
Ahmed extended his hit streak to a season-high nine games, and was 2-for-7 with two doubles and a run scored. It was the second-straight game Ahmed recorded two doubles.
Alfredo Marte extended his on-base streak to 14 games with a single in the 14th inning. Dorn finished 2-for-7 with three RBI in the game,
The teams will meet again tomorrow for a double header to make up the game that was rained out on May 25. Right-handers Trevor Cahill (0-1, 6.14) for Reno and Carlos Frias (5-4, 5.10) for Albuquerque will start game one. The Isotopes will send Stephen Fife (1-2, 6.94) to the hill in game two, and Reno has not announced a starter yet. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 4 p.m.