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The Albuquerque Isotopes were nipped in a close contest Monday at Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City Bees starting pitcher Garrett Richards (4-1) held the Isotopes to just two runs through seven innings as the Bees won the third game of the teams’ four-game series 3-2.
It was the first win of the series for Salt Lake City (19-20) against the red-hot Isotopes (24-15), who have won nine of their last 12 decisions, including five of seven on their current eight-game road trip.
Richards gave up just four hits through seven innings to pick up the win.
Albuquerque starter Stephen Fife (3-3) took the loss despite being nearly as good as Richards through seven innings. Fife allowed just three runs, two of them earned, but gave up seven hits and two walks.
Salt Lake City pushed a pair of runs across in the fourth inning, taking advantage of two walks, a single and an Isotope error.
Joe Becker’s RBI ground out in the fifth drove in Jerry Sands, who opened the inning with a double.