Reno broke through early on starter Guillermo Moscoso, and the RedHawks' offense failed to string much together against Aces starter Matt Tora. Reno beat the RedHawks for the first time in the series, 5-3, before 4,759 fans at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
Doug Deeds was 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs as Reno's top two hitters combined for five of the Aces' 11 hits.
Moscoso settled down after allowing five runs in his first four innings, but it was too late. At one point, RedHawks pitchers retired 14 consecutive Reno hitters.
Esteban German was 3 for 5 with a solo homer for the RedHawks.
Treanor almost back
After a five-inning start Monday and a seven-inning start Wednesday, rehabbing Matt Treanor is expected to catch the entire game Friday night in the series finale.
"He's right on schedule," RedHawks manager Bobby Jones said. "He should be back up pretty quick."
Treanor has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a right posterior cruciate ligament strain.
Taylor Teagarden has been up in the big leagues since Treanor's injury, filling in as the backup to Rangers catcher Bengie Molina.
Slider helping Phillips' repertoire
RedHawks reliever Zach Phillips worked on a slider some last year but never used it in a game.
About a month ago, Phillips decided to give the pitch a try in a game situation, and it's certainly paid off so far.
Phillips has not allowed a run in his last 12 2/3 innings.
"It came around a lot further than I thought it would, so I decided to start using it," Phillips said. "It's just another tool to get hitters out, especially against left-handers."
Harden expected to remain with RedHawks
After turning in a 10-strikeout performance in six innings Wednesday, rehabbing Rich Harden certainly looked like he was ready to pitch in the big leagues again.
But Harden is expected to pitch at least once more for the RedHawks before the Rangers make a decision on whether to activate him.
Harden was placed on the disabled list by the Rangers on Sunday with right shoulder tendinitis.
"He did a great job last night," Jones said. "His change-up especially was fantastic.
"If he's not there, he's definitely close."
In his last rehab outing with the RedHawks, Harden had a brilliant start. He struck out 10 in six innings on July 26 at Memphis. Harden carried that through with the Rangers, allowing one run in seven innings against the Angels on July 31.
But then he struggled in his next start and quickly found himself back on the disabled list.
Brown breaks out
Matt Brown has gone from hot to cold in the last couple of weeks.
After going 2 for 4 with a double, triple and an RBI on Thursday vs. Reno, Brown said he hopes he can get hot again.
Before the RedHawks left for a road trip that started Aug. 4, there was no hitter on the RedHawks as locked in as Brown.
But in his last 11 games, Brown was just 4 for 42 (. 092).
Wednesday, Jones bumped Brown down in the order and, after an 0 for 4 night, Brown was hitting sixth again Thursday.
"He's just not seeing the ball real well right now," Jones said before Thursday's game. "That's usually what happens when you hit a slump. But we're going to keep him in the lineup, and he'll break out of it eventually."
Colome makes debut
After being unavailable for his first couple days with the team, newly signed Jesus Colome made his RedHawks debut Thursday.
The 32-year-old right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one.
Colome was available for the first time Wednesday night, but he was not needed after Harden and Warner Madrigal went the distance.
Colome hadn't appeared in a game since being released by Albuquerque on July 3.
Reno (RH Bryan Augenstein, 5-7, 6.68) at RedHawks (RH Brandon McCarthy, 2-0, 2.48), 7:05 p.m. Friday