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Albuquerque Baseball Roundup: Isotopes and Lobos lose close games

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It was not a good night for teams from Albuquerque on Saturday as both the New Mexico Lobos and Albuquerque Isotopes were upended.

Fresno Grizzlies 4, Albuquerque Isotopes 3

Gary Brown's two-run triple in the seventh inning led host Fresno (20-22) over Albuquerque (19-22). Brown went 2-for-4 for the Grizzlies.

Tim Federowicz hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to make it a close game. The Isotopes went down in order in the ninth to cancel out any hopes of a rally.

Alex Guerrero blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put Albuquerque ahead. Adam Duvall smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the frame to bring Fresno closer.

Red Patterson allowed one run in six innings while striking out nine batters, but did not factor in the decision. Colt Hynes (0-2) gave up all three runs in the seventh to take the loss.

The Isotopes and Grizzlies will continue their four-game series Sunday at 8:05 p.m. Albuquerque will send Jeff Bennett, who just joined the team as a free agent, up against Fresno's Jose De Paula (0-1, 3.48 ERA).

Bennett takes the roster spot of right-hander Henry Sosa, who signed with Korea's Nexen Heroes on Thursday. In another roster move, the Isotopes sent catcher John Cannon to the Arizona League rookie roster, with catcher Miguel Olivo rejoining the team after being sent down by the Dodgers.

Air Force Falcons 3, New Mexico Lobos 1

Sam Haggerty went 3-for-5 but could not prevent UNM (36-18-1, 19-10) from falling back into a first-place tie with UNLV (32-21, 19-10) atop the Mountain West standings with one game to play in the regular season. The Rebels routed Nevada 17-9 on Friday.

Air Force (20-32, 10-19) evened the three-game series at Lobo Field. Jax Griffin allowed one run in five innings and Steven Trojan (3-6) tossed four scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.

The Lobos picked up their only run in the fifth inning. Andre Vigil walked and later scored on Aaron Siple's RBI single.

That would be it for UNM offensively, which stranded 10 runners on base. Colton Thomson allowed just one run in 6.1 innings, but the bullpen would ultimately falter with no help from the defense.

David Thomas put the Falcons ahead with a one-out, RBI single in the eighth inning. Errors by shortstop Haggerty and reliever Victor Sanchez then led to an insurance run crossing the plate.

The Lobos and Falcons will meet in the regular-season finale Saturday at 1 p.m. The Mountain West tournament is slated for this coming week in Las Vegas.

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