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Isotopes dig the long ball in rout of Chihuahuas

Joc Pederson went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the Isotopes' victory over El Paso.
Joc Pederson went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in the Isotopes' victory over El Paso.
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The oldest and youngest players on the Albuquerque Isotopes' roster had a little fun Tuesday night. Miguel Olivo, 35, and Joc Pederson, 21, each belted two home runs to lead their team to an 11-6 victory over the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas.

"Offensively we came alive a bit tonight," manager Damon Berryhill said. "Joc with the big night, Olivo with the big night. Really, these are the kind of games that can get you going."

Pederson, who had hit three home runs on the road, launched a two-run blast to right-center as part of a six-run outburst in the third inning. Olivo capped that scoring surge with a three-run homer to left field.

In the fourth inning, Pederson smacked a shot to left off the end of his bat. Left fielder Reymond Fuentes camped under where he thought it would land, but the opposite-field flyball carried all the way into the Isotopes' bullpen.

"I honestly didn't even really know what happened," Pederson said. "I knew I hit it decent. But our first base coach was like 'go to second.' I didn't know what was going on."

Prior to this five RBI night, Pederson had only driven himself in this season. He had three solo home runs and three RBI in seven road games.

Olivo hit his second homer, a leadoff blast to left, in the seventh inning. He had been 2-for-14 in his first four games at his home ballpark.

Pederson finished the game 4-for-4, adding a single and a double while also drawing a walk. Olivo was all or nothing; he struck out swinging in his other three at-bats.

"Hitting's not easy, so when the whole team mashes like that and puts together a great game, it's fun to be a part of," Pederson said. "Like I said, hitting is like the hardest thing to do. You've got to give it time and let everybody get in their grooves and their routines right. Hopefully it comes along and we stick with it. We'll be fine."

While the bats surged to life for Albuquerque (6-6), starting pitcher Matt Magill (1-1) was having a solid start on the mound. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.

"I think tonight he came out with a little bit of attitude," Berryhill said. "He wasn't pleased with his first two starts. I think he just came out and said I'm going to try to pound the strike zone and I'm going to make things happen."

Magill's outing was only the third by an Albuquerque starter to go six innings so far this season. It was needed after the bullpen was needed for 11.1 innings over the last three games.

"He really did everything you could ask of him, only giving up the one (earned) run," Berryhill said. "For the most part he pitched down in the zone, got us off the field quick. That's what we're after."

The Isotopes and Chihuahuas (6-6) will meet again Wednesday at 6:35 p.m.

Around the Lab

The Dodgers made a roster move Tuesday as reliever Brian Wilson was activated from the disabled list. In turn, lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez was optioned to the Isotopes. Rodriguez will have 72 hours to report, so Albuquerque does not have to make a roster move until then. He skipped Triple-A en route to the Majors in his debut in 2012. ... Former Isotope Alex Castellanos went 2-for-4 with two RBI, his first two of the season, while starting at third base for El Paso. Another former Isotope, Tim Sexton pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. ... Moriarty High School alumnus Kyle Blanks was 0-for-4 with one run scored.

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