RENO, Nev.— Danny Dorn’s two-RBI double in the sixth broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Reno Aces went on to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas, 6-4 on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark.
The victory gave the Aces a 2-1 lead in the four-game series, putting Reno in position to claim a club-record seventh-straight series win in tomorrow afternoon’s finale.
Alfredo Marte hit a solo homer to right-center in the first to get the Aces on the board, and followed up with a third-inning sacrifice fly to push Reno’s lead to 2-0.
The Chihuahuas got on the board in the fourth on a home run by Jeff Francoeur. It was Francoeur’s third home run of the series and fifth home run in seven games at Aces Ballpark this season.
El Paso tied things up in the fifth after Aces starter Lucas Harrell walked the first two batters of the inning before surrendering an RBI single to left fielder Travis Buck.
After Dorn put the Aces back on top in the sixth with his two-RBI double, Reno tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single from Roger Kieschnick and a sacrifice fly by Mike Jacobs.
El Paso made things interesting in the ninth when Buck crushed a one-out, two-run homer off Matt Stites to cut Reno’s lead to two. With two outs, El Paso first baseman Jake Goebbert worked a seven-pitch walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but Stites came back to strike out Jonathan Galvez to end the ballgame.
Harrell gave up two runs through five innings in the no-decision. He walked seven, and threw just 46 of his 93 pitches for strikes, but was helped by three rally-killing double plays.
Alfredo Marte put together a well-rounded offensive effort, finishing 1-for-1 with a home run, a sacrifice fly, two walks, a stolen base, two RBI, and two runs scored.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the series, featuring a matchup of recent Double-A callups. Left-hander Andrew Chafin (1-1, 4.60) will make his fourth start for Reno, and El Paso will send Odrisamer Despaigne (1-1, 5.40) to the hill for his third Triple-A start. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
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