In the opener, Reno trailed by a run entering the seventh and final frame. With two on and the Aces down to their final out, pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs hit a two-run single that gave Reno its first lead of the game and a 5-4 victory.
Jason Urquidez (2-0) dealt 1 2-3 scoreless frames to earn the win in Game 1. Starter Zach Kroenke allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1-3 innings of work.
In the nightcap, Tom Layne (3-1) was excellent in a spot start, earning the victory after holding Salt Lake to just one run over six innings. Former Bees reliever Rafael Rodriguez picked up his third save of the season following a perfect frame in a 4-1 Aces win.
At the dish for Reno on the day, Peña’s three homers give him a Pacific Coast League leading 12 on the season. He recorded four hits on the day — including three of Reno’s four in the nightcap.
The series continues Sunday at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Right-hander Matt Torra (1-0, 5.00 ERA) toes the slab for the Aces, while the Bees will counter with LHP Ryan Ketchner (1-0, 3.13 ERA). First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. PT, and all of the action can be heard live on Fox Sports 630 AM in Reno or online at www.RenoAces.com.
Reno returns home on Tuesday, May 10, for an eight-game homestand against the Omaha Storm Chasers and Iowa Cubs.