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Isotopes fall 6-2 in series opener

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By The Staff

Even a change of scenery didn’t turn the Albuquerque Isotopes’ fortunes around Thursday.
The Isotopes returned to Albuquerque for the start of an 8-game homestand Thursday, hoping to get back on the right track after a poor showing on the road. Instead, the Isotopes fell to the Tacoma Rainiers 6-2.
The series continues tonight. Entertainer Myron Noodleman and post-game fireworks are scheduled.
Albuquerque (64-55) looked like it might break out of its offensive funk, scoring runs in the first and second innings, but that would be all the scoring the team could muster against Tacoma.
Tacoma pitcher Andrew Carraway settled down after the second inning and held Albuquerque scoreless for the next three innings before giving way to Josh Kinney (2-2). Kinney struck out two batters in the sixth, his only inning of work.
In the top of the seventh, the Rainiers (63-56) rallied for four runs to put the game away. Isotopes reliever Rob Rasmussen (0-7) gave up four earned runs and four hits in 1-2/3 innings, upping his season ERA to 6.46.
On offense, there were again few bright spots for Albuquerque. Alex Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning, while Tony Gwynn Jr. went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, but Albuquerque would manage only five hits in the contest — Matt Angle had the only other base hit in the game.
The Isotopes, who still trail Oklahoma City by four games in the division standings, have now lost seven of their last eight outings, scoring just nine total runs in those losses.