Murillo delivers Aces’ second straight win over River Cats |

Murillo delivers Aces’ second straight win over River Cats

RENO – Agustin Murillo had three hits and three RBI, and Josh Whitesell knocked in the eventual game-winning run as Reno knocked off Sacramento for the second straight night, 5-4, Wednesday at Aces Ballpark.

The Aces took a 4-1 lead early, thanks mostly to Murillo’s bat. Reno’s third baseman hit a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth before Sacramento came back to tie the game in the seventh. In the home half of the eighth, Eric Byrnes led off with a double to center, and Whitesell promptly drove him home with an opposite-field double down the left-field line for the game-deciding run.

Aces’ starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera threw five innings, striking out four and allowing two runs but did not factor in the decision. Jose Marte (4-1) earned the win despite allowing two runs over two innings of work. Scott Maine notched his first-career Triple-A save by tossing a perfect ninth inning.

The River Cats received six innings out of starter Jerome Williams, who gave up four runs while striking out three. Michael Benacka (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing the eventual game-winning run in the eighth.

Offensively for the Aces, Murillo led the way, going 3 for 3 with three RBI. Byrnes had a two-hit night for Reno, and Taylor Harbin collected his first Triple-A hit with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

The Aces look for the series win Thursday as they send right-hander Hector Ambriz (8-9, 5.89 ERA) to the hill to face River Cats’ righty Clayton Mortensen (9-8, 4.39 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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