A solid start by Reno Aces right-hander Jhoulys Chacin went for naught in a 7-4 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.
Chacin allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings and left with the Aces holding a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning. Then the Isotopes scored three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to steal the series finale.
Trailing 2-1 after three innings, Reno scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Chacin helped himself with a two-out RBI single to take a 3-2 lead, and Garrett Weber followed with another run-scoring single to up the lead to 4-2.
It remained that way as Chacin allowed just one hit from the fourth through the seventh innings. Reliever J.C. Ramirez, who had not allowed a run at home before Thursday’s game, took over for Chacin and struggled immediately.
He walked Rafael Ynoa who then went to third on a base hit to right-center by Trevor Story. Christian Adames singled to left-center, scoring Ynoa to make it 4-3. Story advanced to third and scored on Kyle Parker’s game-tying RBI single.
Left-hander Keith Hessler was summoned for Ramirez and struck out Roger Bernadina for the first out of the inning. With the game still tied at 4-4, catcher Tom Murphy lined a base hit to left-field to score the go-ahead run.
The Aces went quietly in the eighth, but Albuquerque wouldn’t do the same in the ninth. Story hit a two-run home run to up their lead to 7-4. It was Story’s fourth home run of the series, and sixth of the season for Albuquerque.
Weber led off the bottom of the ninth with his second hit of the night, but right-hander Scott Oberg retired Brandon Drury, Nick Evans and Jamie Romak in order to end the game.
Ramirez was tagged with the loss, his first of the season, and Simon Castro picked up the win in relief for the Isotopes.
The Aces welcome in-state rival Las Vegas for a four-game series set to begin Friday night at Aces Ballpark. Right-hander Aaron Blair (2-1, 5.16) starts for Reno against right-hander Logan Verrett (3-1, 2.93) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.