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Ellis' home run is not enough for Isotopes

A.J. Ellis made the most of his rehab assignment with the Isotopes by hitting a two-run homer against El Paso.
A.J. Ellis made the most of his rehab assignment with the Isotopes by hitting a two-run homer against El Paso.
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Rehabbing Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis did his part for Albuquerque on Monday night. The rest of the Isotopes did little in a 10-2 loss to the host El Paso Chihuahuas.

Ellis swatted a two-run homer over the 35-foot-high left field wall in the fifth inning, becoming the first player in El Paso's ballpark's short history to accomplish the feat. Unfortunately that was all the offense Albuquerque (18-20) could generate.

The home run gave the Isotopes' a short-lived 2-1 lead. Jace Peterson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame tied the game and Brooks Conrad followed with a two-run homer to put the Chihuahuas (17-21) ahead for good.

Matt Magill (2-2) struck out 10 in five innings of work, but he also allowed four runs on three hits and five walks. Reliever Jose Dominguez was far worse, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning as El Paso broke the game open with all five of those runs in the eighth inning.

Albuquerque was held to just three hits by four pitchers. Keyvius Sampson (2-3) struck out seven in five innings, allowing just the Ellis home run, to earn the victory.

The Isotopes and Chihuahuas will wrap up their four-game series Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. Albuquerque will send prospect Zach Lee (3-3, 3.86 ERA) against El Paso's Billy Buckner (2-1, 3.45).