Topes Notes 08-05-11

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Rainiers score 6 runs in third to thump Isotopes

The Tacoma Rainiers came up big in the third inning en route to a big win over the Albuquerque Isotopes Thursday at Isotopes Park.
The Rainiers scored six times in the third inning and tacked on three more in the fourth. They pounded out 20 hits off three Albuquerque pitchers to win 12-4 and even up the teams’ four-game series.
Albuquerque and Tacoma meet again tonight at Isotopes Park. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
The Isotopes actually took a 1-0 lead after two innings, then bounced back to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning to answer the Rainiers’ rally, but it was all Tacoma for the balance of the game.
Tacoma left fielder Carlos Peguero went 4-for-5, while third baseman Alex Liddi was 4-for-6 with three home runs, two of them two-run shots and drove in five runs. Liddi also scored four times.
Albuquerque actually finished with a healthy 11 hits, but stranded nine runners on base. Jay Gibbons and John Lindsey both homered for the Isotopes in the contest.
The Isotopes (58-55) have now lost five of their last seven contests and are still eight games behind division-leading Round Rock (66-47) with only about 3-1/2 weeks to go before Major League clubs will expand their rosters to 40 players, often calling top Triple-A performers up.
Trayvon Robinson, who’d led the Isotopes in home runs and slugging percentage for much of the season, was traded to Tacoma just before the MLB trade deadline.
Robinson didn’t play for Tacoma Thursday, but went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in the series opener Wednesday.