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The Albuquerque Isotopes’ Blake Johnson continued his recent hot streak on the mound, helping the Isotopes to just their second shutout victory of the season Tuesday.
Johnson, who is fifth in the Pacific Coast League in ERA, gave up just three hits in five innings at Round Rock.
His counterpart, the Round Rock Express’ Brad Mills, who had the eighth-best ERA coming in, didn’t fare as well, although he gave up just two earned runs in six innings.
But with Tuesday’s game still tight, the Isotopes rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Round Rock 6-0.
Johnson (6-3) improved his season ERA to 3.10. He allowed only one walk and struck out five as the Isotopes (34-31) continued their string of alternating wins and losses to 11 games.
Mills took his first loss of the season Tuesday, going to 6-1.
Johnson has allowed just four runs in his last 30 innings of work.
The Isotopes will return to Albuquerque Friday night.
Dodgers, Isotopes swap players
The Los Angeles Dodgers, the parent team of the Isotopes, called up right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow and outfielder Alex Castellanos Tuesday.
To make room for Withrow and Castellanos, pitcher Matt Magill and infielder Ozzie Martinez were sent back down to Albuquerque. Magill joined the Dodgers June 9 and Martinez had been up with the big club since mid-May.
This will be Castellanos’ second stint in Los Angeles. He played 16 games for the Dodgers in 2012 and hit .174. This will be Withrow’s first time up with the big club.