This time around Albuquerque (21-24) could not get its bats going against lefty Justin Thomas (2-5). The southpaw allowed just two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters in six innings.
Matt Long went 3-for-4 with four RBI to pace the Bees (15-31). Clint Robinson, Alex Guerrero and Carlos Triunfel had two hits apiece for the Isotopes.
Carlos Frias (2-2) took the loss for Albuquerque. The right-hander allowed all seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings.
Trailing 7-2 entering the ninth, the Isotopes attempted one final rally, all with two outs. Jamie Romak doubled and then scored on Triunfel's single to left field.
After a walk by Mike Baxter, Walter Ibarra smoked an RBI single to right field. Representing the tying run, Joc Pederson grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
Salt Lake media reported, via Twitter, that there was an altercation in the dugout in the eighth inning between Guerrero and catcher Miguel Olivo. Both players were subsequently removed from the game. The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to release an official statement about what happened later Tuesday.
Albuquerque and Salt Lake will meet again Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The Isotopes will send right-hander Red Patterson (2-2, 4.54 ERA) to the mound against the Bees' Wade LeBlanc (4-1, 4.34).