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Carlos Frias tossed five scoreless innings as the Albuquerque Isotopes rolled to a 4-0 victory over the host Iowa Cubs on Saturday night. It was Albuquerque's second straight shutout on the heels of a 5-0 win over host Omaha on Thursday.

Frias (5-4) scattered four hits and four walks while striking out seven batters. It came on the heels of his eight-inning, 10-strikeout performance on June 16.

Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, Paco Rodriguez and Jose Dominguez combined for four scoreless innings of relief. They scattered three hits and two walks while striking out six batters.

The Isotopes (35-40) were led offensively by Tim Federowicz, who went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Since being sent down by the Dodgers, Federowicz has gone 9-for-23 with four home runs and eight RBI.

Alex Liddi's groundout in the fourth inning scored Joc Pederson to make it 1-0. In the sixth, Pederson scored on Clint Robinson's sacrifice fly and Mike Baxter's RBI single gave Albuquerque a 3-0 lead.

Delvis Morales' RBI single in the seventh inning pushed the advantage to 4-0. Iowa (37-36) never had an answer offensively.

The Isotopes and Cubs will meet again Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Albuquerque will send right-hander Red Paterson (3-6, 4.71 ERA) up against Iowa lefty Eric Jokisch (5-7, 3.89).

Notes

Former Isotopes manager and current Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday. Wallach hit 204 home runs with the Montreal Expos from 1980 to 1992. ... Albuquerque pitching coach Glenn Dishman was named to the Pacific Coast League staff for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 in Durham, N.C. Dishman will join Fresno manager Bob Mariano and Nashville hitting coach Bob Skube.

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