A lead-off single and consecutive ground balls in the ninth for Tacoma put the tying run on third base with two outs. But back-to-back singles, a double and a run-scoring wild pitch would force home four Rainier runs. The first two Aces batters in the bottom of the ninth reached safely, but three-straight strikeouts by Tacoma closer Josh Lueke ended the proceedings.
At the plate for Reno, Cody Ransom recorded his third-straight three-hit game, while Tony Abreu and Collin Cowgill finished with three hits apiece, as well. Wily Mo Peña went 0-for-3 on the night, ending his hitting streak at a franchise-high-tying 16 games.
Aces starter Micah Owings took a no decision Friday, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings of work. Owings struck out eight and walked two. Out of the bullpen, Kam Mickolio surrendered a run over 2.0 innings, and Rafael Rodriguez (0-2) took the loss after allowing all four runs in the ninth.
The win went to Tacoma reliever Manny Delcarmen (1-1), who recorded the third out of the eighth inning. Lueke collected the save, his first of the season.
The Aces and Rainiers will tangle once again on Saturday night at Aces Ballpark. Reno will send RHP Kevin Mulvey (1-2, 15.00 ERA) to the bump, while Tacoma will counter with LHP Chris Seddon (0-1, 2.28 ERA). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT. On Saturday, 1,500 children 12 and under will receive a free Reno Aces youth cap upon entrance to the ballpark.