ROUND ROCK, Texas.— The Reno Aces scored early and often Friday night in Round Rock and came out with a 11-9 victory over the Express.
The win ensured the Aces their 12th series victory of their season, and they’ve now won three of their last four series.
Reno wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first inning.
Nick Ahmed doubled to left to lead off the game and scored on Mike Jacobs’ double three batters later. In the next at-bat, Danny Dorn homered to right field to give the Aces the early 3-0 lead. It was Dorn’s first at-bat since going on the designated list on July 22.
Round Rock cut into the lead with a run in the bottom of the first and second innings to make it 3-2 Reno.
But the Aces exploded for five runs in the top of the third.
Reno started the inning with four-straight hits, highlighted by Andy Marte’s three-run home run to left-center. The homer extended Marte’s hitting streak to 15 games, giving him the longest such streak by an Aces player this season.
Zach Borenstein and Blake Lalli each added RBI singles in the frame to push Reno’s lead to 8-2.
The Express scored twice in their half of the third on a wild pitch from Aces starter Bo Schultz. His pitch got away from Lalli behind the plate, and Lalli’s throw to try to get the runner at home also got away, allowing the runners from second and third to score.
Reno got those runs back with a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings to push the lead back to six runs before Round Rock scored another pair of runs in the sixth inning.
The Aces pushed across a run in the seventh inning, when Mike Freeman walked and stole second base. It was his second theft of the night. Ahmed drilled a single to left field to score Freeman, who scored two runs on the night.
As was the case the entire night, the Express wasted little time answering. Chris Gimenez hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Tomas Telis, who got in just ahead of the throw from Freeman.
In the ninth inning, Mark Serrano walked Luis Sardinas to begin the inning, and struck out the second batter of the frame. The next batter, Ryan Rua, homered to left to pull the Express within two runs and chase Serrano from the game.
Jake Barrett came in to get the final two outs of the game and earn his 11th save of the season.
Dorn and Marte both drove in three runs for the Aces in the win, and Ahmed, Jacobs, and Lalli each collected three hits. Seven different Aces scored a run in the game.
Reno travels to New Orleans tomorrow to open a series with the Zephyrs. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (7-3, 3.83) will get the start for the Aces, and the Zephyrs will send right-hander Robert Morey (0-1, 6.35) to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.