RENO, Nev.— Tony Abreu put the Aces ahead early with a solo shot in the first inning, but the Tucson Padres would come back to outlast Reno, 4-3, Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.
Reno scored single runs in each of the first three frames, but could not push across any more the rest of the way. The Padres took a 4-3 lead on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly, and three T-Pads pitchers held the Aces' bats at bay from there. The Aces mustered just a pair of base runners in the final three innings as Tucson evened the series at a game apiece.
Matt Torra (4-2) was on the losing end for Reno, giving up all four Tucson runs in seven innings of work. Torra scattered six hits and struck out three before handing the ball to Kam Mickolio, who kept the game within reach by tossing two shutout frames.
Padres starter Jeremy Hefner (4-4) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in six innings. Samuel Deduno worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, while Luis Perdomo slammed the door in the ninth to earn his sixth save.
Wily Mo Peña picked up a pair of hits for Reno, including his third triple of the season. Konrad Schmidt added two singles, while Abreu's first-inning home run was his sixth of the season.
Tucson and first-place Reno resume the series Wednesday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Gaby Hernandez (0-0, No ERA) makes his Aces debut, while the Padres will counter with RHP Will Inman (1-6, 5.74 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.