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The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their 2013 season with a victory Monday afternoon, although just three weeks ago a playoff berth seemed within reach.
The Isotopes topped the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-3 Monday to finish off 2013. Matt Magill went 5-2/3 innings to earn the win, while Javy Guerra bent but didn’t break in the ninth inning for the save.
Albuquerque closes out the season with a record of 76-68 and won its last two on the road against the Zephyrs (72-72). The Zephyrs wound up in last place in the PCL American Southern division.
Center fielder Matt Angle hit a two-run home run off New Orleans starter Elih Villanueva (2-3) in the third inning and catcher Damaso Espino singled in what would be the game-winner in the top of the ninth, bringing Justin Sellers around to score.
The Isotopes collected 11 hits off four New Orleans pitchers.
Magill (6-2) gave up 6 hits and struck out three on his way to the win.
Guerra, who finishes the season with 12 saves, gave up the only other New Orleans hit of the game, a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to Kyle Skipworth, which cut the Isotopes edge to one run.
Albuquerque was at or near the lead in the division for much of the second half of the season, but got cold at just about the worst time it could’ve picked.
The Isotopes lost eight consecutive games between Aug. 13-20, including losing five straight at Oklahoma City. The sweep by the RedHawks effectively put the Isotopes out of the division race.
Oklahoma City (82-62) won the division race by a comfortable six games over the Isotopes and will go on to play in the PCL postseason. Round Rock (73-71) was third in the division, nine games behind the RedHawks.