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Jeff Bennett pitched six-plus solid innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes earned a 4-2 victory over the visiting Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon. Albuquerque snapped a four-game losing streak.

"It feels good to finally shake hands again," manager Damon Berryhill said. "It really felt like it had been eight (losses in a row). It feels good. We played a nicely played game."

Bennett (7-6) allowed just one run on nine hits and one walk while striking out four batters. He gave up just a two-out, RBI double to former Isotope Eugenio Velez in the fifth inning.

"It was a good day, the guys made some good plays behind me," Bennett said. "I pretty much rely on (catcher Tim Federowicz). Fed has a good head on his shoulders. I just kind of trust him and I put the ball where he wants it and it works pretty good."

Nashville (69-59) had more than one hit in an inning only once. Even then their three hits in the third inning were all soft singles and no runs scored.

"He's been real consistent this year at being able to minimize damage," Berryhill said of Bennett. "He's done a good job scattering hits here and there. For the most part he's kept us in ballgames all year."

Joc Pederson had a tough day in his quest for 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He remained stuck on 29 and 28 as he had a home run taken away by a leaping Sean Halton in left field in the first inning and then was caught stealing in the fifth.

The Isotopes (57-71) took the lead for good in the second inning. Clint Robinson blasted a leadoff home run to center off Jay Jackson (0-2).

Alex Guerrero singled with one out, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Adam Weisenburger. Two batters later, he came around to score on Walter Ibarra's home run to left field.

"Ibarra coming up with the big knock, big two-run homer," Berryhill said. "Since he's come back (from Double-A Chattanooga) he's swinging the bat really well."

Albuquerque picked up another run in the third on Robinson's RBI groundout. Nashville came back to score on Velez's RBI double in the fifth and Hector Gomez's RBI double in the eighth.

Scott Elbert pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Yimi Garcia gave up the run in the eighth and then struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save.

"Elby came in and got us out of that inning and Yimi then finished that ballgame," Berryhill said. "That's a big pickup by the bullpen."

The Isotopes and Sounds will continue their series Monday at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Barry Enright (0-2, 7.89 ERA) gets the nod for Albuquerque against right-hander Donovan Hand (2-7, 5.40) for Nashville.

Around the Lab

Facing a shortage of infielders, the Isotopes recalled Delvis Morales from Single-A Great Lakes. Morales hit .293 (17-for-58) with Albuquerque earlier this season. ... To make room on the roster, catcher Johnny Monell (sprained left ankle) was placed on the disabled list.

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