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Isotopes win fourth straight
The Albuquerque Isotopes continued their red-hot streak to open their series at Oklahoma City Monday night.
The Isotopes won their fourth straight contest, tying a season-high, as they held on to top the RedHawks 4-3. The Isotopes now hold a 1-1/2 game lead over Round Rock in the PCL American Southern standings.
Albuquerque scored a run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead, then survived a tumultuous bottom of the eighth. Closer Jon Link came in to relieve Travis Schlichting in the eighth after Schlichting allowed two of the first three batters of the inning to reach base.
Oklahoma City scored a run in the eighth before Link retired Oswaldo Navarro and Max Ramirez to end the inning. Link then set the RedHawks down in order in the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
Albuquerque was propelled to the win with a pair of home runs Monday. Jerry Sands hit a two-out, two-run homer to straightaway center in the third to put Albuquerque up 2-1. An inning later, Trayvon Robinson went deep to right.
The Isotopes (37-26), who have been swinging hot bats during this streak — they’ve now won 10 of their last 12 — collected 11 hits against Oklahoma City (26-38). Robinson also had a triple to go along with his home run, while lead-off hitter Eugenio Velez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Tim Sexton earned the victory on the bump, allowing just two runs in six innings.
Following this quick road trip, the Isotopes will return home for eight games starting Friday.