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Runs have been at a premium in recent Albuquerque Isotopes contests.
For the second consecutive night Thursday, the Isotopes were held to a lone run against the Sacramento River Cats, those two games coming on the heels of two consecutive shutout victories by the Isotopes.
Albuquerque (63-50) collected seven hits, nearly double its output of the previous night, but managed just a single tally in the fourth inning as it fell to Sacramento 4-1 on the road.
Justin Sellers drove in Nick Buss in the top of the fourth, but the Isotopes wouldn’t be able to string any hits together against the River Cats (59-54) for the remainder of the night. A trio of River Cats pitchers, led by Arnold Leon, kept the Isotopes largely in check, with Leon (2-2) earning the victory and allowing just the one unearned run.
Isotopes starter Angel Castro (6-3) got off to a rocky start, giving up six hits and three walks in 3-2/3 innings. Reliever Sean White wasn’t any more effective, allowing a pair of earned runs in 2-1/3 innings.
The loss put the Isotopes in a tie with Oklahoma City for first place in the PCL American Southern division. Round Rock, which has slumped of late, has fallen one game off the pace in the division standings.
Albuquerque wraps up its only visit of 2013 to Sacramento tonight, then travels to Fresno for four games before returning to Isotopes Park Aug. 8.