Oswaldo Arcia added four RBI to his Pacific Coast League-leading total, helping the Reno Aces defeat the New Orleans Baby Cakes, 9-4 on Friday night.
The Aces received three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI from Jeremy Hazelbaker to lead a 16-hit attack and even the four-game series.
New Orleans got on the board first courtesy of Junior Arrojo's run-scoring single in the top of the third inning. But Reno responded in the bottom half, taking the lead on Hazelbaker's one-out home run and following with three consecutive singles to plate two more runs against Odrisamer Despaigne.
Matt Juengel led off the fourth with a double and scored two batters later on a ground out by Peter Mooney, but Reno again had an answer on Hazelbaker's RBI double, and the Aces' lead swelled to 8-2 an ining later on Arcia's bases-clearing double off Kelvin Marte.
The Baby Cakes struck for a pair of runs in the eighth after Moises Sierra's leadoff double and a triple by Juengel, who scored on KC Serna's third hit of the night.
Arcia came back in the bottom of the eighth with a towering home run, his ninth of the year, to give him his fifth four-RBI effort and push his batting average to .382, fourth-best in the PCL.
Former New Orleans left-hander Eric Jokisch (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings to earn the victory.
Despaigne (0-2) gave up 10 hits five runs - four earned - across four innings to take the loss in his return to the Baby Cakes' rotation after a spot start with the Miami Marlins last weekend.
The 'Cakes and Aces resume the series on Saturday at 8:35 p.m. Central.
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