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The Albuquerque Isotopes won their first series since mid-April with a victory Tuesday afternoon at home.
The Isotopes (27-31) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Salt Lake Bees (21-39) to take their third win of the four-game series. Red-hot Isotopes hitter Miguel Rojas hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and Mike Baxter tripled home two runs later in the sixth to propel the Isotopes to the win.
Albuquerque has struggled recently, but is hoping to get back on track with the series win as it hits the road for a four-game series at Tacoma starting Thursday.
Rojas has been on fire of late. He had put together a five-game, multi-hit streak that was finally snapped Monday, but went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday’s win.
The Bees actually outhit the Isotopes, 8-6, but left six runners stranded and went just 3-for-11 as a team with runners in scoring position.
Zach Lee (5-5) earned the victory, although Lee didn’t have an overpowering performance. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work, but that was good enough to earn the win over Salt Lake’s Anthony Lerew (0-2), who went 5-1/3 and allowed five earned runs.
Prior to the series win, Albuquerque had lost four of five contests to drop to a season-worst six-games under .500.
Currently, the Isotopes are in third place in the Pacific Southern standings, 7-1/2 games behind Las Vegas.