The Bees came back to win with a late rally in front of a crowd of 7,248 at Aces Ballpark. The 3-2 victory by Salt Lake tied the series at one game apiece.
Through the first four and a half innings, the only run on the board was in the top of the third, which started with a leadoff walk to Jeremy Moore. The Bees made Aces starter Kevin Mulvey pay for issuing his only base on balls in seven innings of work.
Cole Armstrong followed with a line drive single to right field, putting runners on the corners for Tyson Auer, whose fielder’s choice to shortstop drove in Moore from third.
The score remained 1-0 in favor of Salt Lake until Collin Cowgill’s two-out double in the bottom of the fifth plated Mark Hallberg from second for the tying run. Hallberg singled with one out and stole second with two outs, putting him in scoring position.
Cole Gillespie traded places with Cowgill, blooping in an RBI double, giving Reno its first lead of the game, 2-1.
It wouldn’t hold up.
The Bees rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the eighth when Yhency Brazoban took over mound duties for Mulvey. Mulvery allowed four hits, one walk and struck out one in the no decision.
With two outs and after Auer swiped second following his single up the middle, Reggie Willits drew a walk. Auer and Willits then pulled off a double steal, putting two runners in scoring position for Gil Velazquez, who delivered what proved to be the game-winning base hit, a line drive to right field that knocked in both runs.
Reliever Amalio Diaz picked up the win for Salt Lake, throwing two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Ryan Ketchner allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings, but did not factor in the decision. He walked two but did not have a strikeout.
Michael Kohn recorded the final two outs in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Cowgill had three hits and Gillespie two to lead the Aces’ nine-hit attack.
The two division rivals are back at it tonight at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Barry Enright is scheduled to take on Salt Lake righty Bear Bay.