Gray shines in Isotopes win

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By The Staff

Right-hander Jon Gray turned in his sixth-straight quality start as the Albuquerque Isotopes (30-36) beat the El Paso Chihuahuas (31-34) 3-2 at Isotopes Park Tuesday night.

Gray, the Colorado Rockies top prospect, finished with 6.0 innings pitched, three hits and two runs. He also struck out eight batters, while walking just one. Gray surrendered a leadoff home run and a two-out RBI double in the second. Aside from that inning, he retired 15 of the other 17 batters he faced, allowing just a single in the fourth and a batter to reach on an error in the fifth.

After the Isotopes and Chihuahuas traded a pair of runs in the second, they remained scoreless until Albuquerque broke through in the eighth. Tim Wheeler led off the eighth inning with a single, and Matt McBride followed with a base knock of his own. Drew Stubbs then picked up his second hit of the night, an RBI single to center that scored Wheeler.

Right-hander Jairo Diaz shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save.

The 9,017 fans at Isotopes Park for 50¢ Hot Dog Night Tuesday ate an astounding 22,903 hot dogs.

The Isotopes and Chihuahuas will play the finale of their three-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. After this three-game series against the Chihuahuas, the Isotopes will welcome Tacoma Rainiers to town for a four-game series.

The first 2,500 21-and-older fans to Friday night’s 7:05 p.m. game will receive a free camo hat courtesy of Miller Lite.