With the game tied at four in the ninth, 51s catcher Ryan Budde hit a two-out solo shot to put Las Vegas up 5-4. But Lucas May would answer with his own solo home run in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings, a blast over the 410-foot sign in center field that tied the game at five.
In the 10th, the 51s struck first, taking a 6-5 lead on a David Cooper RBI ground-rule double. But Reno answered yet again in the home half of the tenth, when Jon Mark Owings—who homered earlier in the game to tie the score at four—led off the inning with a line drive single to right, advancing to third when 51s right fielder Adam Loewen misplayed the ball.
After Owings scored on an RBI single by Angel Berroa, and Evan Frey was retired on a bunt popout, Hallberg ended the proceedings with a two-run blast down the left-field line, giving the Aces the comeback win and ensuring at least a tie in the 2011 Silver State Diamond Challenge.
Kam Mickolio (2-2) threw the final two innings to earn the victory in relief of starter Wade Miley, who tossed 6.1 innings and surrendered four runs.
The loss went to 51s closer Daniel Farquhar (3-3), who gave up all three 10th-inning runs. Las Vegas starter Luis Perez took a no decision, allowing two runs in four innings of work.
Hallberg finished 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs. Owings' sixth-inning, game-tying home run was his first-career hit at the Triple-A level.
The series concludes Friday night at Aces Ballpark with a Saint Mary's Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4. Aces RHP Barry Enright (8-2, 4.58 ERA) is set to toe the slab against Las Vegas RHP Kyle Drabek (1-2, 6.82 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT. The game can be seen live on my21 TV in Reno.
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