RENO, Nev. – The Tacoma Rainiers (46-37) out-hit the Reno Aces (44-40) on Monday night at Greater Nevada Field, but ultimately fell by a score of 6-3 in the opening contest of a three-game set.
First baseman D.J. Peterson finished the night 2-for-4 and logged a home run for a second straight game. Catcher Jesus Sucre (2×4) and second baseman Zach Shank (2×3) contributed multi-hit performances of their own.
Tacoma starting pitcher Zach Lee allowed five runs – four of which were earned – on six hits over 4.0 innings of work. He walked three, struck out three, and allowed one home run while suffering his second loss in as many starts.
Kyle Jensen sent a solo home run over the center field wall to crack open a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the second inning. Three consecutive singles, culminating with a run-scoring base knock from Mark Thomas put Reno out in front 2-0.
Three straight one-out walks issued by Lee loaded the bases for Reno right fielder Gabriel Guerrero, who slapped a two-run single into center field to extend the Aces advantage to 4-0. Ed Lucas followed with an RBI ground out to move their lead out to 5-0
Back-to-back doubles from Sucre and Shank to open the top of the fifth inning gave the Rainiers their first run of the night. A single from third baseman Tyler Smith moved Shank to third, and center fielder Guillermo Heredia brought him home on a sacrifice fly to center field to pull Tacoma within three runs at 5-2.
Carlos Rivero’s ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field in the bottom of the sixth, moved the Aces lead back out to four runs, 6-2
Peterson ripped his second solo home run in as many days to lead off the top of the ninth, creating the final score of 6-3.
The Rainiers and Aces continue their series tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5 at 7:05 p.m. PT. Right-hander Jordan Pries (0-1, 8.10) will take the mound for Tacoma, while Reno has yet to name a starter.
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