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The Albuquerque Isotopes scored three early runs to down the Memphis Redbirds 4-3 to close out their series at Isotopes Park.
The top three hitters in Albuquerque’s batting order, Dee Gordon, Elian Herrera and Tony Gwynn Jr. combined for half the team’s hit total and three of the four runs Monday. With Monday’s win, Albuquerque takes the home series sweep over Memphis. It was the fifth win in a row for the Isotopes (39-32).
The five-game win streak is the longest of the season for Albuquerque, which has won six of its last seven contests. Albuquerque has now moved into second place in the PCL American Southern standings and is just a half-game back of division-leading Round Rock.
Albuquerque scored twice in the first inning and pushed another run across in the second to go up 3-0 early. Memphis (35-37) came back with a pair of runs in the top of the third, but wouldn’t score again until the seventh.
In the first inning, the Isotopes scored their two runs on two singles, three walks, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and a wild pitch.
On the mound, Aaron Laffey (3-3) went 6-2/3 innings — his third straight start that has gone at least six innings — to earn the win. Laffey gave up three earned runs on four hits. Kelvin De La Cruz pitched the eighth and ninth to earn his third save of the year.
This series was the second consecutive time the Isotopes had a four-game homestand followed by a road trip. They will be at Omaha for five games in four days starting tonight before heading back to Albuquerque for a third consecutive four-game homestand, that starting on Saturday.