Joc Pederson homered in a losing cause as the Albuquerque Isotopes suffered an 8-3 defeat at the hands of the host Las Vegas 51s on Saturday night. Pederson's home run in the eighth inning was his 26th of the season.
Lefty prospect Chris Reed (0-1) struggled in his Triple-A debut. The southpaw allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.1 innings.
Las Vegas prospect Cory Mazzoni (3-1) earned the victory as he allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings. The right-hander gave up seven hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
The 51s (68-54) struck first in the third inning on Cesar Puello's one-out, RBI single. Kevin Plawecki then belted a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth.
The Isotopes (55-66) finally fought back in the sixth inning. Tim Federowicz singled and Clint Robinson doubled to start things off with one out.
Jamie Romak made those hits count with his two-run double to left field. That pulled Albuquerque within one run, but it would get no closer.
In the bottom of the frame, Las Vegas loaded the bases with one out. Anthony Seratelli drew a walk to force in one run and Allan Dykstra blooped a two-run single to center to make it 6-2.
Pederson led off the eighth with his home run. The 51s then responded with two runs on a sacrifice fly and an error in the bottom of the inning to account for the final score.
For the season, Pederson has the 26 home runs and 26 stolen bases. He has 22 games remaining to get to 30-30, a feat that no player in the Pacific Coast League has accomplished since 1934.
Albuquerque and Las Vegas will continue their series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Matt Magill (7-5, 5.09 ERA) will get his first start since May for the Isotopes, while the 51s will counter with right-hander Logan Verrett (9-4, 4.57).
The Isotopes placed right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez (inflamed shoulder) on the disabled list. ... Outfielder Trayvon Robinson was activated from the DL. He started in center field Saturday and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.