The Albuquerque Isotopes scored all the runs they would need in the first three innings of a 7-3 victory over the host Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday night.
Albuquerque (69-69) climbed back to .500, while Memphis (73-64) saw the magic number for Omaha (77-60) to clinch the American North Division shrink to three.
The Isotopes jumped ahead in the first inning as Ivan De Jesus Jr. walked, stole second base and scored on Russ Mitchell’s two-out double to left field.
The Redbirds responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on Nick Stavinoha’s RBI single and Tyler Greene’s two-out, two-run double.
Jamie Hoffmann and Kyle Russell led off the second inning with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners. Hoffmann scored on Damaso Espino’s groundout to shortstop, while Russell came around to score two batters later on De Jesus’ single up the middle to tie the game at 3-3.
Mitchell untied the game with a one-out, solo home run to left-center in the third. After Albuquerque loaded the bases on a hitter batter, a single and a walk, Espino drew another walk to force in an insurance run.
Pitcher Mike Parisi then hit a groundball that third baseman Matt Carpenter failed to come up with, allowing two runs to score.
There would be no more scoring by either team after the third inning. Memphis had just two hits and one walk over the final six innings of the game, but could not bring another runner around.
Parisi (6-1) picked up the victory against his former club, allowing just the three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings.
Maikel Cleto (5-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs — six earned — on seven hits and four walks in four innings.
Mitchell went 3-for-5 to lead Albuquerque at the plate, falling a triple shy of the cycle. De Jesus and Hoffmann had two hits apiece.
The Isotopes will look to get back over .500 on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
- The Dodgers are expected to recall a pitcher from the minors to start Thursday’s makeup game against the Pirates. Lefty Dana Eveland, who leads the Isotopes with 12 wins, seems like the top candidate. He is not on the 40-man roster, but there are two spots open. Right-hander John Ely, who is on the 40-man, would be pitching on short rest if he went up Thursday.
- The Dodgers announced the names of the players who will be sent to the Arizona Fall League this season. The Salt River Rafters will include Russell, the only current Isotope, and several players who could make the jump to Albuquerque from Double-A Chattanooga next season including relievers Steven Ames and Cole St. Clair, starter Stephen Fife and outfielder Alex Castellanos.