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Homer-happy Isotopes exterminate Bees

Clint Robinson fell a single shy of the cycle as the Isotopes crushed Salt Lake.
Clint Robinson fell a single shy of the cycle as the Isotopes crushed Salt Lake.Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Jamie Romak belted two of the Albuquerque Isotopes' six home runs in a 15-9 rout of the host Salt Lake Bees on Monday night. Joc Pederson, Clint Robinson, Alex Guerrero and Carlos Triunfel also went deep in the game.

Robinson and Guerrero each fell one hit shy of the cycle for the Isotopes (21-23). Robinson was 3-for-5, lacking just a single, while Guerrero went 3-for-4, missing by a double.

Pederson, Tim Federowicz and Miguel Olivo also had three hits apiece. Miguel Rojas and Romak each had two hits.

Albuquerque did much of its damage with two outs, spreading the scoring around to the point of where at least one run was scored from the first through seventh innings. Robinson got things started with a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning.

Rehabbing Angels third baseman David Freese cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run. Olivo's RBI double then extended the Isotopes' lead to 3-1 in the second inning.

Again Salt Lake cut it to one run in the bottom of the inning, this time on Roberto Lopez's leadoff home run. That was erased in the third inning when Robinson smoked an RBI triple and scored on Guerrero's sacrifice fly.

In the fourth inning, Romak hit a leadoff homer and Pederson blasted a two-out, two-run shot that hit halfway up the Salt Lake scoreboard in right field. Guerrero, Romak and Triunfel each hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to make it 11-2. The Bees (14-31) got a run back, only to see Guerrero add an RBI triple and Federowicz follow with an RBI single in the sixth.

Albuquerque finished its scoring in the seventh on back-to-back, two-out, RBI singles by Guerrero and Federowicz. Guerrero led his team with four RBI, while also playing shortstop for the first time all season, though he had few chances in the field.

Spot starter Sam Demel gave up two runs in four innings and did not factor in the decision. Former UNM Lobo Steve Smith (1-2) earned the win as he allowed just one run in four innings of relief.

Josh Judy gave up six runs in the ninth inning to at least make the score a little more respectable for Salt Lake. Bees starter Dustin Richardson (0-2) was rocked for eight runs on 10 hits and one walk in four innings.

The Isotopes and Salt Lake will continue their series Tuesday at 10:35 a.m. Albuquerque will send right-hander Carlos Frias (2-1, 5.79 ERA) up against Salt Lake lefty Justin Thomas (1-5, 6.80).