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For the second straight night, the Albuquerque Isotopes came through with a walk-off, come from behind victory over the Round Rock Express.
Albuquerque trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth but scored three times in its final at-bat to win 6-5 at Isotopes Park Tuesday afternoon. The win by Albuquerque gave it a split in the four-game set in the race for first place in the PCL American Southern standings.
Round Rock (45-35) still holds a 1-game edge over Albuquerque (44-36), the same as it did when the series started.
Round Rock won Saturday and Sunday’s contests before the Isotopes bounced back to win Monday and Tuesday.
The Isotopes have today off and will travel for a four-game series at Memphis starting Thursday. They will return to Albuquerque for Independence Day.
The two teams were tied after eight innings, with the Isotopes scoring twice in the eight to knot the game at 3-3.
In the top of the ninth, however, the Express pushed two runs across. Joey Butler doubled in Mike Olt, who one batter earlier singled in the go-ahead run.
Butler’s double chased Isotopes pitcher Steve Ames out of the contest in favor of Kelvin De La Cruz, who struck out Jim Adduci to end the inning. De La Cruz was ultimately credited with the win (1-1).
With the Isotopes down 5-4 — Matt Angle singled home Alex Castellanos to put Albuquerque within a run — and down to their last out, Damaso Espino doubled in both Rusty Ryal and Angle for the walk-off win.
The Isotopes had lost four of their previous five contests before closing out the series with their two wins.