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Isotopes drop back-and-forth game to Bees

Joc Pederson celebrated his 22nd birthday by going 2-for-4 with two runs for the Isotopes.
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The Albuquerque Isotopes were unable to make Joc Pederson's birthday a merry one Monday night. The center fielder turned 22 on a day where his team lost 6-4 to the host Salt Lake Bees.

Pederson did his part, going 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI. All of the Isotopes' damage, however, came against Bees starter Matt Shoemaker, as the Salt Lake bullpen combined for five scoreless innings.

The Bees (7-12) snapped a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning. Tommy Field singled with one out and then scored on Luis Martinez's RBI single to right field. With two outs, Grant Green added an RBI single to score Martinez and make it 5-3.

Albuquerque (10-8) got a run back in the fifth when Pederson drew a leadoff walk from Shoemaker, who was then pulled. Pederson later advanced to second on a balk and then scored on Miguel Olivo's RBI single to right field.

Salt Lake added an insurance run in the eighth on Shawn O'Malley's RBI bunt single with two outs. In the ninth, Mike Morin gave up a leadoff single to Mike Baxter and a two-out single to Clint Robinson, but Olivo grounded into a force play at second base to end the game.

Zach Lee (2-1) suffered his first Triple-A defeat. The right-hander gave up five runs, though only two were earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out four batters in six innings.

Stephen Fife, who had his regular start skipped on Saturday, made a relief appearance Monday. He gave up one run on three hits in two innings of work.

The Isotopes will aim for a series split with the Bees in the finale Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. After that, they will take Wednesday off before heading to Fresno for four games. The next game in Albuquerque is April 28 against Salt Lake.


Before the game, the Isotopes added right-hander Red Patterson back to the roster. He had been deactivated Saturday. Right-handed reliever Steve Edlefsen announced his retirement Monday, creating room on the roster. ... The Dodgers recalled another reliever, Jose Dominguez, on Monday. Utility player Chone Figgins was optioned to Triple-A and will likely join the Isotopes in Fresno.

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