Reno, Nev.— Luke Carlin had two hits and two RBI for Reno, as the Aces held on for a 7-6 victory over New Orleans Friday night at Aces Ballpark.
Reno held a slim 3-2 advantage going into the seventh frame, when it extended the lead to 7-2 with the help of an RBI single by Carlin and back-to-back run-scoring hits by Ruben Gotay and Abraham Nunez. The Zephyrs scored four runs in the ninth off the Aces bullpen to make it close, before Alex Romero made an acrobatic catch in foul territory to end the game.
Aces starter Seth Etherton (4-3) picked up the win for Reno, going five strong innings allowing only two earned runs before a long rain delay ended his night. Travis Blackley pitched three scoreless innings of relief and Bobby Korecky (S, 4) closed out the game for his fourth save.
New Orleans starter Jarrett Santos (1-2) got the loss for New Orleans, despite surrendering just one earned run on six hits in five innings of work.
In addition to Carlin’s 2-for-4 night at the dish, Brandon Watson and Nunez each collected two hits as well for the Aces, who pounded out 12 hits against three Zephyrs pitchers.
Friday’s game included a 1-hour 25-minute rain delay, the first in Aces Ballpark history.
The series continues Saturday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Hector Ambriz (0-2, 5.87 ERA) takes the hill for Reno, while LHP John Koronka (2-1, 3.00 ERA) will start for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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