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Isotopes explode in ninth to blow out Storm Chasers

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The Albuquerque Isotopes snapped a tie in the ninth inning and rolled to a 10-5 victory over the host Omaha Storm Chasers on Wednesday afternoon. Albuquerque evened the four-game series at one win apiece.

The game was tied 5-5 when Delvis Morales struck out but managed to reach base on a wild pitch. Trayvon Robinson, who went 4-for-5, then singled through the left side to put runners at the corners.

Joc Pederson's sacrifice fly drove in Morales, but the Isotopes (33-40) were far from done. After Clint Robinson drew a walk, Tim Federowicz blasted a three-run home run to left field. Alex Liddi then followed with his own homer to left.

Paco Rodriguez (1-1) picked up the win in relief despite giving up the tying run in the eighth inning when Brett Eibner hit a leadoff double, moved to third base on a groundout and then scored on Francisco Pena's sacrifice fly. Spencer Patton (3-1) took the loss as he allowed all five runs in the ninth.

Starter Jeff Bennett allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings of work. Storm Chasers starter Bruce Chen allowed two runs in 5.1 innings while striking out 11 batters.

Omaha (41-32) led 3-1 after five innings when Albuquerque started its rally. Clint Robinson blasted a two-run homer in the sixth to tie the game.

Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a leadoff triple in the seventh and scored on Walter Ibarra's RBI single. Pederson would later add an RBI single to make it 5-3 in favor of the Isotopes. The Storm Chasers battled back via Johnny Giavotella's RBI double in the seventh and then Pena's sac-fly in the eighth.

Albuquerque and Omaha will meet again Thursday at 6:05 p.m. The Isotopes will send prospect Zach Lee (5-7, 4.86 ERA) to the mound against Storm Chasers right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon (5-3, 3.44).

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