Kyle Parker drove in three runs, but the El Paso Chihuahuas (45-45) held off the Albuquerque Isotopes, 5-3, in the fina lgame before the All-Star Break on Sunday night at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas. Parker delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the first and fifth innings. He also plated a third run in the seventh inning with a groundout and finished the game 3-for-5.
The Isotopes (41-50) still won three of five games in the series and went 5-4 on their roadtrip.
In the third inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, El Paso third baseman Cody Decker singled home two runs to extend the Chihuahuas lead to 4-1. Isotopes starter Jon Gray departed after 82 pitches and three innings. A lot of long at-bats, due to lots of foul balls, contributed mightily to his pitch count soaring in three innings. He struck out six and walked two.
Reliever Simon Castro retired all nine batters that he faced in relief, including four strikeouts, to keep the 'Topes in the game. Scott Oberg pitched in his first game for the 'Topes since April, giving up a run in the seventh inning. In all, the 'Topes bullpen allowed one run in five innings.