Jamie Romak doubled home the go-ahead runs off of Greg Nappo in the seventh inning to push Reno past New Orleans 4-3 on Sunday at Aces Ballpark. Romak finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Aces, and came up with the back-breaking double for the third hit in the inning off of Nappo.
Nick Buss singled and Peter O’Brien doubled with one out off of Nappo before the left-hander got Nick Evans to strike out swinging. But three pitches later, Romak clubbed a two-bagger past Austin Wates in left field to put the hosts ahead for good.
New Orleans rallied in the ninth, getting a run when Cole Gillespie walked with the bases loaded, but Vinny Rottino struck out swinging one batter later to end it.
Adam Conley turned in another solid start for the Zephyrs, allowing only one earned run over five innings, scattering five hits. The southpaw threw 54 of 92 pitches for strikes, but did walk four Aces’ batters. Fabian Williamson worked around a single for a scoreless sixth, before Nappo entered and allowed three hits and two runs in two innings out of the New Orleans bullpen.
Gillespie plated Miguel Rojas with a third-inning single and Conley executed a sacrifice bunt to plate Isaac Galloway one frame later for the other Zephyrs runs.
Galloway went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Wates was 2-for-3 with a run for New Orleans, which failed to make up ground on first-place Round Rock which lost for a third straight day on Sunday.
The two clubs will wrap up the series with an 9:05 p.m. CT start on Monday, with right-hander Robert Morey scheduled to oppose Allen Webster.