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After Cole Gillespie broke a scoreless tie with a third-inning fielder’s choice, Sanchez drilled a two-run double that put the Aces ahead 3-0. Reno would add eight runs over the next four frames to extend the lead to 11-0, before Tacoma broke up the shutout in the eighth.
Kevin Mulvey (7-8) tamed the Rainiers’ bats over five scoreless innings. Mulvey struck out four and walked one before handing the ball to veteran Mike Hampton, who hurled a scoreless frame in his Aces debut.
Rainiers starter Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-2) was touched up for seven runs over 4.2 innings, suffering the loss for Tacoma.
Sanchez and Ed Rogers finished a combined 7-for-10 with four RBIs, while Doug Deeds added his 12th homer of the season. Drew Macias homered and drove in four runs for Reno, which pounded out 16 hits on the evening.
The series finale is set for Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark, with Aces RHP Matt Torra (10-6, 4.07 ERA) scheduled to pitch against Tacoma RHP Blake Beavan (2-1, 5.04 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.
Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.
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