The back-to-back blasts by Tracy and Gillespie gave Reno a slim 4-3 lead. In the next frame, though, the Padres exploded for five runs—including three home runs—to regain a lead they would not relinquish.
With the loss and a win by second-place Tacoma earlier in the evening, the first-place Aces’ lead in the Pacific North Division is cut to 8.5 games, and Reno’s magic number holds at five.
Aces starter Barry Enright (8-5) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits over five frames. Enright walked two and struck out six. Out of the Reno bullpen, Esmerling Vasquez allowed a run in two innings of work before Brian Stokes worked a perfect eighth.
Jeremy Hefner (9-7) collected the victory for Tucson, scattering four runs—three earned—on four hits over six innings. Brad Brach worked the game’s final 1.1 frames to earn his ninth save.
At the plate for Reno, Gillespie led the way with two hits—including his solo homer in the fourth. Angel Berroa singled to push his hitting streak to 12-straight games.
Reno and Tucson will play a doubleheader on Thursday night at Kino Stadium. In Game One, RHP Kevin Mulvey (3-7, 7.04 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, and Tucson will counter with LHP Rob Musgrave (0-2, 7.76 ERA). LHP Tom Layne (9-6, 6.44 ERA) gets the nod for the Aces in the nightcap, while the Padres starter remains to be determined. First pitch for the opener is set for 6 p.m. PT.
Reno returns home for the final regular season homestand of the year beginning Monday, August 29, at 7:05 p.m.