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Isotopes shut out Rainiers to open series

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Sam Demel combined with three relievers to lead the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 6-0 shutout of the host Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday night. Alex Liddi provided the offensive support by going 3-for-5 with a home run against his former club.

Demel (1-1) scattered two hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings. Matt Magill, Colt Hynes and Josh Judy then provided a total of three innings of scoreless relief.

Liddi, a former Mariners prospect, blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Albuquerque (28-31) a three-run cushion and its third straight victory. Trayvon Robinson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double in support.

The Isotopes picked up their first run in the third inning as Carlos Triunfel drew a two-out walk and Jeremy Hazelbaker followed with a triple to center field. Robinson then doubled ahead of Liddi's home run in the sixth.

Tacoma (23-36) never seriously threatened in the game. Former Isotope Matt Palmer (1-2) took the loss despite giving up just one run in three innings.

Xavier Avery and Gabriel Noriega had both of the Rainiers' hits, both singles. Rehabbing Mariner Logan Morrison went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.

Albuquerque and Tacoma will play a doubleheader Friday starting at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Carlos Frias (3-3, 6.02 ERA) will start for the Isotopes against Rainiers right-hander Andrew Carraway (2-4, 4.44) in the opener, but the Game Two starters are undecided.

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