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Isotopes rebound to defeat Aces

Mike Baxter's leadoff home run in the seventh inning led the Isotopes over the Aces.
Mike Baxter's leadoff home run in the seventh inning led the Isotopes over the Aces.
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The Albuquerque Isotopes showed no ill effects from the previous night's brawl on Sunday. Mike Baxter and Joc Pederson hit the decisive home runs in the seventh inning as Albuquerque earned a 5-2 victory over the host Reno Aces.

This game was tied 2-2 in the seventh when Baxter led off the inning with a home run to right field. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and three batters later Pederson cranked out a two-run shot to right-center, his 22nd home run of the season.

Reno (57-52) tried to rally in the ninth as Andy Marte and Mike Jacobs hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Josh Ravin then struck out Argenis Diaz, got Blake Lalli to fly out to left field and Ronny Cedeno to ground into a force out at second base.

Ibarra's two-out, two-run double back in the second inning put Albuquerque (52-57) ahead. The Aces came back with two runs in the fifth as Lalli scored on a double-play groundout and Garrett Weber followed with an RBI single.

Jeff Bennett (5-5) earned the win for the Isotopes. The veteran right-hander allowed just the two unearned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two in seven innings of work.

Albuquerque has now won 10 of its last 13 games. The Isotopes are now tied for second place in their division with El Paso, but still 8.5 games behind first-place Las Vegas (61-49).

The Pacific Coast League did not announce any suspensions as a result of Saturday night's fight between Albuquerque and Reno. Four Isotopes and five Aces, plus their manager Phil Nevin, were ejected from the game.

In fact, the only move of note Sunday saw the Dodgers activate shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena from the disabled list, ending his rehab assignment with Albuquerque. Arruebarrena was then optioned to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, though as the player who started the brawl in Reno he will most likely have to serve his suspension while with the Quakes.

The Isotopes will go for the series win over the Aces on Monday at 8:05 p.m. Right-hander Drew Carpenter (2-0, 7.56 ERA) will start for Albuquerque against Reno right-hander Charles Brewer (4-9, 6.54).