The Aces, looking for a series sweep, stayed within striking distance early-on, despite a steady dose of offense from the Rainiers. Reno trailed 7-3 through four innings, before Tacoma scored nine times in the fifth to take a lead that was never seriously threatened. The Rainiers sent 13 men to the plate and collected seven hits in the frame.
Armando Galarraga (0-1)—making his second start for Reno since being outrighted by the Arizona Diamondbacks—took the loss, surrendering 10 runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings of work. Out of the Reno bullpen, Rafael Rodriguez allowed six runs, Jason Urquidez tossed a scoreless sixth, Jordan Norberto surrendered two runs and Yhency Brazoban worked a scoreless eighth in his Aces debut.
At the plate for Reno, Brandon Allen and Cody Ransom each hit solo homers, while Collin Cowgill stretched his hitting streak to 12 games. Wily Mo Peña doubled twice and drove in two.
The win went to Tacoma starter Chris Seddon (2-3), who held the Aces to four runs on seven hits over six innings with eight strikeouts. Fabio Castro was credited with a save after working three scoreless frames to close out the ballgame.
The first-place Aces now return to Downtown Reno to kick-off a four-game series with the Salt Lake Bees. Saturday’s opener is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. PT first pitch. RHP Matt Torra (3-0, 4.89 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while RHP Matt Palmer (2-4, 7.71 ERA) counters for Salt Lake. On Saturday, 2,500 fans will receive an Aces River Tube, presented by Terrible’s.