A two-run home run from Kyle Parker in the first inning gave the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-5) all the wiggle room they needed Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., as right-hander Chad Bettis led the Isotopes to a 5-3 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (4-10).
DECIDING MOMENT: Six of the Isotopes nine wins this season have come when Albuquerque scores first, and that was the winning formula once again Wednesday night. After a leadoff walk to Brandon Barnes, Parker survived a nine-pitch at-bat and smashed a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to give the 'Topes an early 2-0 advantage in the first inning. Tacoma answered with a run in the second, but Albuquerque added a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a Dustin Garneau double and another run in the fourth thanks to a Barnes solo shot.
YOU BETTIS BELIEVE IT: Right-hander Chad Bettis earned his third start for the Isotopes and turned in a stellar performance. After allowing a solo home run in the second, Bettis settled in for four consecutive scoreless frames, surrendering only a single hit during that span. He finished the game with 7.0 innings pitched, three hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and four strikeouts. Bettis picked up his second win of the season.