The Tacoma Rainiers 13th trip to Reno was the lucky one.
Tacoma scored eight early runs and held on for a 9-6 win over the Reno Aces on Wednesday night to take two out of three in the series.
It was the first series victory for Tacoma in Reno. Tacoma lost or tied — but mostly lost — the first 12 trips to Aces Ballpark, which opened in 2009.
“It’s good to win two-of-three on the road,” said Tacoma manager Pat Listach, who was making his first trip to Reno.
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Tacoma (32-35) scored three runs in the top of the first against Reno starter Aaron Blair. Jesus Montero lined a run-scoring triple to right-center and Stefen Romero launched his ninth homer of the season.
The Rainiers added five more in the third to take an 8-0 lead. Franklin Gutierrez singled home a run during the frame, extending his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games.
“He doesn’t give away any at-bats,” Listach said. “Every at-bat is a quality at-bat. He’s worked really hard to get back on the field, and his hard work is paying off.”
Leon Landry finished off the five-run rally by lining a three-run homer into the bullpen in right field. It was his fifth homer of the season.
Starter Justin Germano made the lead stand up, although a Tacoma error by shortstop Chris Taylor and another home run by Jamie Romak helped Reno get back into the game.
“We had our best guy on the mound, probably,” Listach said of Germano. “He’s been consistent. We kicked some balls around and made him make some extra pitches; I though he was going to go seven or eight innings before that.”
Germano (6-2) lasted six innings, giving up six runs — four earned.
The Rainiers went to the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, protecting a 9-6 lead. Mayckol Guaipe delivered two scoreless innings, and Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save.
The Rainiers placed Leury Bonilla on the 7-day disabled list. Bonilla fouled a pitch off his left foot Tuesday, fracturing his big toe. He’ll be out for two-to-four weeks. ... To fill-in for Bonilla, the Rainiers added infielder Zach Shank from Double-A Jackson. Shank hit .241 with no homers and seven RBI in 25 games for Jackson.
The road trip continues with a four-game series in Albuquerque, with the opener at 6:05 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday. Tacoma is scheduled to start Sam Gaviglio (6-5, 4.64) against Albuquerque’s John Lannan (3-1, 3.25).