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Isotopes fail to get bats going against Rainiers

Former Cub Darwin Barney went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game in Albuquerque for the Isotopes.
Former Cub Darwin Barney went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game in Albuquerque for the Isotopes.
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The Albuquerque Isotopes' lineup has fallen into a collective slump. It showed in a 5-2 loss to the visiting Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday night.

Albuquerque (53-62), which has lost four in a row, scored just two unearned runs and had no extra-base hits. Tacoma (58-57) scored all the runs it would need in the first inning.

Isotopes manager Damon Berryhill was not available for comment after the game. He was in a closed-door meeting with an unknown person(s).

Every run in the game was scored with two outs. In fact, until John Hicks led off the seventh inning with a single, every hit was with two outs.

The Rainiers got doubles from Julio Morban, Justin Smoak and Ty Kelly, plus a walk and an error, to score three runs in the first inning. They would tack on two more runs on Leury Bonilla's RBI single in the fourth and Stefen Romero's RBI single in the seventh.

The Isotopes scored their runs on Darwin Barney's RBI single in the fifth and Carlos Triunfel's RBI groundout in the seventh. Both runners had gotten into scoring position on errors.

Barry Enright (0-2) was charged with all five runs, four earned, on eight hits and one walk in 6.1 innings. He did retire the side in order in the second, fifth and sixth innings.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-4) allowed just the two unearned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five in 6.2 innings. Carson Smith earned his ninth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Isotopes and Rainiers will meet again Sunday at 6:05 p.m. Albuquerque will send right-hander Red Patterson (4-7, 5.70 ERA) to the mound against Tacoma right-hander Andrew Carraway (5-5, 5.73).

Around the Lab

Lefty reliever Scott Elbert was activated Saturday. Elbert had been in limbo after the Dodgers designated him for assignment at the end of his recent rehab stint with Albuquerque. After clearing waivers, Elbert officially joined the Isotopes. ... There was room on the roster after the Dodgers recalled lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez. He takes the spot of lefty Paul Maholm, who is out for the year after tearing his right ACL.

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