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Isotopes salvage series split with Bees

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Joc Pederson drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Alex Guerrero reached base in all five of his plate appearances as the Albuquerque Isotopes rallied for a 6-4 victory over the host Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday afternoon. The two teams split the four-game series.

Guerrero went 3-for-3 with a run scored, two triples, an RBI and two walks. He did commit a costly error early in the game, showing he still needs work in the field.

Miguel Rojas, who went 3-for-4, reached on a throwing error by shortstop Tommy Field in the eighth inning. After Walter Ibarra's sacrifice bunt moved Rojas to second base, Pederson smoked an RBI single through the right side to put Albuquerque (11-8) ahead 5-4.

The Isotopes would add an insurance run on Guerrero's one-out, RBI triple in the ninth. Sam Demel then came in and earned his fourth save by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the frame.

The game was a pitching duel early on between Albuquerque's Henry Sosa and Salt Lake's Jose Alvarez. Sosa gave up an RBI single to C.J. Cron in the first and Alvarez surrendered an RBI single to Clint Robinson in the fifth.

The Bees (7-13) retook the lead on Grant Green's two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning. Rojas' RBI single in the sixth brought the Isotopes back within one run.

In the seventh, Trayvon Robinson's RBI double and Nick Buss' sacrifice fly gave Albuquerque its first lead at 4-3. In the bottom of the frame, John Hester walked and later scored on an error to retie the game at 4-4.

Sosa was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings. He did not factor in the decision.

Josh Judy (1-0) earned the win in relief despite allowing an unearned run in his only inning of work. Kurt Spomer (1-1) took the loss in relief for Salt Lake. Former Isotope Josh Wall was also roughed up in relief, giving up three runs in 1.1 innings.

The Isotopes get Wednesday off before they travel to Fresno to open a four-game series on Thursday. They return to Albuquerque on Monday to start a season-long 12-game homestand.

Notes

Left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos was activated from the disabled list Wednesday. He takes the roster spot of right-handed reliever Jose Dominguez, who was called up by the Dodgers on Tuesday night. ... The Isotopes will have to make another roster move later this week when utility player Chone Figgins arrives. He was sent down by the Dodgers to make room for Dominguez.

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