Albuquerque (67-60) continued its offensive struggles that have been present since the Triple-A All-Star break, mustering just three total hits.
The game was tied 2-2 in the eighth inning when rehabbing Astros outfielder Trevor Crowe drew a leadoff walk from Onelki Garcia (0-1). Peter Moylan was called into the game.
Crowe moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Martinez, followed by George Springer drawing a walk to put runners at the corners. Brandon Laird then sliced an RBI single through the right side to put Oklahoma City (71-56) ahead for good.
Jose De Leon retired the side in the ninth inning on three straight groundouts to earn his second save.
The Isotopes went ahead on Alex Castellanos' RBI single in the third inning, only to see Springer tie the game with a home run in the bottom of the frame.
It happened again in the sixth as Eliezer Alfonzo put the Isotopes back up 2-1 with a two-out RBI single. The RedHawks evened the score on Jonathan Singleton's two-out RBI double.
Neither starting pitcher factored in the final decision. Red Patterson allowed two runs in six innings for Albuquerque while David Martinez gave up two runs in 5.2 innings for Oklahoma City.
The Isotopes and RedHawks will continue the series Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
- The Dodgers recalled first baseman-outfielder Scott Van Slyke on Friday. Shortstop Dee Gordon was sent down and has 72 hours to report.
- To temporarily fill out the roster, catcher Damaso Espino was activated from the disabled list. Another move will have to be made when Gordon arrives.