On a hectic travel day for the Reno Aces, the team took the series opener over the El Paso Chihuahuas, 7-5.
The Aces scored in four of the first six innings of the game and added an insurance run in the ninth to earn their fifth win in their last six games.
Reno wasted little time getting on the board, pushing across a run in the first inning. Mike Freeman walked to lead off the game and moved to second on a Jake Lamb single. He then stole third base and scored when the throw got by the Chihuahuas’ third baseman.
El Paso answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and two in the second inning. That would become a theme of the night, as the teams traded runs for most of the first six frames.
Reno re-took the lead in the fourth inning on a Dustin Martin three-run homer to right field.
After El Paso scored to tie the game in the fourth, Lamb broke the tie with a solo home run in the top of the fifth. It was Lamb’s first Triple-A home run, and he finished 3-for-5 on the night. In two games since joining the Aces, Lamb is 4-for-6 with a home run, a double, two RBIs, a stolen base, and a run scored.
Reno tacked on in the sixth when Martin walked to lead off the inning and scored on Freeman’s two-out triple. It was Freeman’s third triple in the last two games.
El Paso scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Cody Decker led off with a solo home run to left field.
Joe Paterson and Will Harris each tossed a scoreless inning to preserve the Aces’ one-run lead through the seventh and eighth innings.
Freeman was the catalyst again in the ninth inning to help Reno plate an insurance run. He bunted for a base hit to lead off the inning, and moved to third on Lamb’s double. Zach Borenstein drove him in from there with a sacrifice fly for his first RBI with the Aces.
Jake Barrett worked a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the season to give Reno the win.
Charles Brewer allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits over six innings and won his second-straight start.
Freeman finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored. Dustin Martin went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored to go along with is three-run homer.
The same teams will meet again tomorrow night in game two of the four-game set. Reno will send right-hander Lucas Harrell (5-2, 5.13) to the hill, and El Paso will answer with southpaw Jason Lane (6-8, 4.67) First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.