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Isotopes drop finale 3-1 in 11 innings, but take series

The Albuquerque Isotopes ran out of gas Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers (3-5), dropping a 3-1 decision in 11 innings.
The Isotopes just missed the sweep, taking the first three games of the four-game series, and conclude the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.
The Isotopes had a chance for their fourth walk-off win in seven games in the bottom of the ninth and 10th but couldn’t find a way to pull it out.
Ben Paulsen led off the inning with a double but was gunned down at third after an attempted sacrifice bunt. A 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, catcher Ryan Casteel reached to lead off the frame courtesy of an error but was left stranded after a popup and back-to-back strikeouts.
Albuquerque has won a pair of 10-inning games this season in addition to two more last at-bat wins.
Sunday’s 11-inning affair was the longest for the Isotopes this season. In the top of the 11th, a leadoff double got Tacoma’s offense rolling.
An errant throw on a bunt attempt allowed a run to score and put another runner on third with no outs. After a sacrifice fly, the Rainiers led 3-1. The Isotopes couldn’t muster any offense in the home half of the 11th with Tacoma retiring the side in order.

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