Unfortunately for the home crowd of 6,142, the Aces let off the gas and the River Cats just kept cranking out runs in a 16-5 victory to earn the series split.
From the very first batter, it was evident Sacramento brought its bats to the afternoon clash. Leadoff man Jemile Weeks tripled to right field.
After Scott Sizemore walked, Matt Carson blasted a three-run homer to left field off Reno starter Matt Torra. The River Cats were not done in the first inning.
Sacramento made it a 4-0 lead on Eric Sogard’s RBI double to center field. It could have been worse, but Reno got out of bases-loaded jam with an inning-ending double play.
Torra didn’t allow another run in his five innings of work and did not factor in the decision thanks to a pair of two-run rallies by the Aces in the bottom of the first and fourth innings that tied the game at 4-4.
Reno needed to rally with two outs in the first. Following a Brandon Allen single, Wily Mo Peña launched his 17th home run of the season, cutting the deficit in half, 4-2.
In the fourth, a hit batsman forced in a run with the bases loaded and a groundout allowed the tying run to score. That was as good as it got for the home team.
Sacramento took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth off reliever Daniel Stange in the first of his two innings of work.
Shane Peterson welcomed Stange to the game with a leadoff homer to left, and the River Cats went up 6-4 on a groundout with the bases loaded.
The game remained close until the visitors posted five spots in the top of the eighth and ninth frames, pushing the lead to a game-high 16-4 gap with 12 straight runs.
Carson started the scoring in both innings with an RBI ground-rule double in the eighth and a two-run homer to center field in the ninth. He finished the day 4-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored, accounting for over half of the River Cats’ scoring.
Adrian Cardenas and Shane Peterson both drove in a pair of runs with singles in the eighth.
Sogard’s RBI two-bagger and Jai Miller’s two-run shot capped the five-run ninth.
Reno pushed across its final run in the bottom of the last inning when Cody Ransom doubled, Mark Reed singled and Mark Hallberg grounded out to second base.
Sacramento starter Travis Banwart picked up the win on the mound, scattering six hits over six innings, while allowing four earned runs. He struck out two and walked two.
Reno (30-22) is on the road for a four-game series at Tacoma. First pitch with the Rainiers is slated for tonight at 7:05 p.m. Kevin Mulvey is scheduled to take on Charlie Haeger.