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Isotopes settle for series split as rally falls short

Jamie Romak went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Isotopes' loss to the Chihuahuas.
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The Albuquerque Isotopes rallied late but came up empty in a 7-6 loss to the host El Paso Chihuahuas on Thursday night. The two teams split the four-game series.

Albuquerque (39-48) trailed 4-0 early and then 6-3 midway through the game. The Isotopes managed to finally tie things up in the seventh inning.

Delvis Morales, who went 3-for-3, doubled to left field with one out. Two batters later, Trayvon Robinson smacked an RBI single to center field.

Former New Mexico Lobo Bobby LaFromboise came in for El Paso (42-46), but an errant pickoff throw enabled Robinson to reach third base. Walter Ibarra then hit an infield single, driving in Robinson.

Branch Kloess (3-3) came in next, only to be greeted by Tim Federowicz's single through the left side. Jamie Romak followed with an RBI single to tie the game 6-6.

Brock Peterson singled to load the bases, but Kloess got out of the jam when Alex Liddi grounded into a force out at third base. The Isotopes never threatened again.

Paco Rodriguez (2-3) came in and got the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the frame. Jonathan Galvez then ripped a line-drive home run to left-center that proved to be the game winner.

Hector Ambriz came in for Kloess in the ninth and earned his eighth save. He got Robinson and Ibarra to ground out and then struck out Federowicz to end the game.

Albuquerque starter Stephen Fife did not have one of his better outings. He was charged with six runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings.

Jeff Francouer put the Chihuahuas ahead with a two-out RBI double in the first inning. They would tack on three more runs in the second on Cody Decker's RBI double, Rico Noel's RBI single and Jace Peterson's RBI groundout.

Ibarra's two-out RBI single in the third inning put the Isotopes on the board. Brian Cavazos-Galvez added a two-run single in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-3.

Rocky Gale's RBI single in the fourth and Chris Nelson's RBI single in the fifth put El Paso back ahead by six runs. That lead would hold only until Albuquerque's rally in the seventh.

The Isotopes will return home Friday at 6:05 p.m. to open a four-games-in-three-days series with the Las Vegas 51s. Right-hander Jeff Bennett (4-3, 3.29 ERA) will start for the Isotopes against 51s lefty Darin Gorski (2-2, 3.97).


Prior to the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers recalled shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena from Albuquerque. In turn, infielder Carlos Triunfel was optioned to the Isotopes and has 72 hours to report. ... To temporarily fill out the roster, outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was recalled from Double-A Chattanooga. Hazelbaker had been sent down Wednesday to make room for Brock Peterson on the roster.

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