With the Reno Aces in need of a win, veteran Cody Ransom delivered a clutch two-run single in the eighth inning to lift Reno to a 6-4 win Thursday night at Raley Field in Sacramento.
The six runs were unanswered after the Aces found themselves trailing 4-0 after the first inning. Sacramento's Hector Sanchez doubled home a pair of runs to open the scoring in the first frame. Ryan Lollis followed with another run-scoring double, and Carlos Triunfel drove in a run with a base-hit to make it 4-0.
Right-hander Caleb Clay settled in after the four-run first. He held Sacramento off the scoreboard for the next four innings and kept the Aces in the game.
Still trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Reno started the rally when Jordan Pacheco opened the inning with a single to left-field. Two batters later, Jamie Romak blasted a two-run homer to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. It was Romak's 11th home run of the season and third in as many days.
The top of the eighth started with the Aces getting the lead-off man on again as pinch-hitter Mike Freeman drew a walk. He quickly moved around to third when on Todd Glaesmann's double to right-center.
Pacheco came up and hit a line drive past the third baseman Adam Duvall and into the left-field corner. Freeman and Glaesmann came around to score on what was ruled an error. The inning continued when Nick Evans reached on a fielder's choice, Romak singled and Garrett Weber loaded the bases with a walk.
Ransom came through with the two-out, two-run base hit up the middle on a 2-0 pitch from Cory Gearrin. It gave Reno a 6-4 lead they would not give up.
The bullpen combination of Matt Reynolds, Dan Runzler and Kaleb Fleck shut out the River Cats over the final four innings. Reynolds picked up the win and Fleck earned the save.
Game two of the four-game series is set for Friday night in Sacramento. Left-hander Justin Marks (3-6, 6.08) starts for the Aces against left-hander Ty Blach (5-6, 3.68) for the River Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.