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The Albuquerque Isotopes used four singles to score two runs in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, they needed three runs Thursday night.

Albuquerque lost 5-4 to the host Reno Aces. The two teams split the four-game series, with the Isotopes winning the first two games.

Trailing 5-2, Albuquerque (4-3) got back-to-back singles from Nick Buss and Trayvon Robinson to start the ninth inning. After Griff Erickson flew out, Miguel Rojas singled through the right side to drive in Buss. Walter Ibarra then lined a single to left, scoring Robinson.

Zeke Spruill got Carlos Triunfel to fly out to center field for the second out. The Aces (4-4) then called in lefty Eury de la Rosa to face the left-handed hitting Joc Pederson. The top prospect drove a ball deep to right-center, but it was caught by Ender Inciarte five feet short of being a go-ahead home run.

Reno had struck first in the game, scoring a run in the first inning and then getting a three-run homer from Mike Jacobs in the third. The Isotopes picked up a run in the fourth and another in the sixth, only to see the Aces get what proved to be the game-winning run on Andy Marte's sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Buss went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI to lead Albuquerque at the plate. Miguel Rojas was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Matt Magill (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in four innings. He threw 46 of 79 pitches for strikes.

The Isotopes will face Tacoma on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in their home opener. The homestand will last eight games.

Notes

Catcher John Cannon, who joined the Isotopes on Tuesday, was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. He did not appear in a game. Fellow catcher Griff Erickson was activated from the disabled list to take his spot on the roster. ... Albuquerque will have to make two roster moves soon. Outfielder Mike Baxter cleared waivers and was assigned to the Isotopes on Thursday. Right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez was demoted by the Dodgers when starting pitcher Josh Beckett was activated from the DL.

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