Ransom, who played for the Express in 2006 and 2007, drove in three runs on the evening, thanks to a two-run homer in the second and an RBI double in the fourth. Reno sprung out to a quick 2-0 lead and never trailed, taking a 2-1 advantage in the series.
Aces starter Matt Torra (3-0) earned the victory Wednesday, holding the Express to just two runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. Torra struck out six — reaching 500-career strikeouts. Bryan Shaw worked a perfect eighth, and Jason Urquidez slammed the door in the ninth.
The loss fell to Round Rock starter Seth McClung (2-1), who surrendered five runs on six hits over four innings of work. Three Express relievers held Reno to two runs over the game’s final five frames.
At the dish for Reno, Cole Gillespie finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Collin Cowgill continued his hot stretch with two hits, a run and an RBI.
The Aces and Express will meet in the series finale Tonight at Dell Diamond. Right-hander Kevin Mulvey (3-3, 7.43 ERA) gets the nod for Reno on his birthday, while Round Rock will counter with RHP Neil Ramirez (3-1, 3.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT.
The first-place Aces return home on Friday for a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats.