Sacramento went deep five times in the game, scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed as the River Cats clinched at least a series split with a 12-4 victory in the second game of the four-game set.
Sacramento went up 3-0 on a Chris Carter sacrifice fly and RBI singles by Michael Taylor and Derek Norris. Jermaine Mitchell and Brandon Moss both doubled to put runners in scoring position in the first frame.
Reno tried to keep it close. In the bottom of the second, Randy Ruiz led off with a single on a line drive to right field and later scored on a throwing error by Sacramento pitcher Bruce Billings, closing the gap to 3-1.
Carter’s leadoff homer in the top of the third made it a 4-1 ballgame, and prevented Reno’s two-run rally in the bottom half of the inning from causing the Cats to lose their lead. David Winfree’s two-out single drove in a pair of runs, pulling the Aces to within one. But they never got closer than the 4-3 score.
The River Cats outscored the hosts 8-1 from the fifth to eighth innings to account for the final margin.
Sacramento posted a two spot on the scoreboard thanks to back-to-back solo shots by Carter and Wood.
Reno went to the bullpen to start the sixth, but even that didn’t slow down Carter at the plate.
After the River Cats went up 7-3 on Mitchell’s RBI fielder’s choice, Carter cleared the fence in center field for a two-run home run, his third long ball of the game.
The Aces got one run back in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a run-scoring single by Ryan Wheeler that plated Winfree, who had started the inning with a double. Winfree and Wheeler both went 2-for-4 in the loss.
But it mattered little as Sacramento (13-5) added two more runs on a fielding error in the seventh and one run on Moss’s second home run of the game in the eighth.
Mitchell, Carter, Moss and Taylor all finished 3-for-5 at the plate as the River Cats out-hit the Aces 15-11. Carter capped his day with five RBI.
Bruce Billings went five innings, allowing three runs — one earned — on five hits to record the pitching victory. He stuck out five and didn’t walk anyone.
Charles Brewer was saddled with the loss after giving up 10 hits to the River Cats. Five of the six runs he allowed were earned.
Reno falls to 5-13 and has now lost four straight overall and five in a row to Sacramento. First pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. today.