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Topes Notes: Albuquerque takes over first place in division

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The Albuquerque Isotopes took over first place in the PCL American South standings with a 6-3 win over the Round Rock Express Tuesday night.
Albuquerque (33-25) leapfrogged over Round Rock (33-26) with the win, taking a half-game edge in the division standings. Albuquerque never trailed in the game, scoring single tallies in the top of the first and second innings.
On a scorching hot night in Round Rock — game-time temperature was 99 degrees — the Isotopes’ bats remained red hot a night after one of team’s biggest offensive performances of the season.
With the Isotopes up 2-0 in the fourth, John Lindsey and JD Closser hit back-to-back solo shots to extend the lead. The Isotopes survived a rally by the Express in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Tim Sexton (2-0) went 5-1/3 innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits. It was Sexton’s second-straight victory.
Albuquerque has a travel day today. It opens a quick, four-game home set with the Nashville Sounds Thursday night.
Tuesday’s win over the Express, who held a half-game lead over the Isotopes going in, was the capper of a 12-game Isotopes road trip. After losing five of the first six games on the trip, the Isotopes bounced back to win five of six, including taking three of four against the Express.
Albuquerque again put on a big offensive show. One night after pounding out 14 hits in an 11-0 win, Albuquerque finished with 12 hits Tuesday.
Lindsey, Albuquerque’s designated hitter, finished 3-for-4 on the night, while Closser and Eugenio Velez and Trayvon Robinson went 2-for-4. Robinson also had a solo home run in the game while Velez had a triple and scored twice.
For the Express, starting pitcher Derek Hankins (5-4) took the loss, giving up four earned runs and seven hits in six innings.