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Isotopes strike late to beat Rainiers

Joc Pederson's solo home run ignited the Isotopes in their win over Tacoma.
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Joc Pederson and Alex Liddi each hit solo home runs as the Albuquerque Isotopes rolled to a 7-2 victory over the host Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday night. Albuquerque struck for five runs in the seventh inning and later.

Carlos Triunfel went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Trayvon Robinson was 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Isotopes (29-33). That was more than enough run support for Red Patterson (3-5), who allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings.

Xavier Avery had given Tacoma (25-36) a brief lead with a leadoff home run in the first inning. Pederson and Liddi, a former Rainier, put their club ahead with their home runs in the fourth inning.

The Isotopes tacked on two more runs in the seventh before Tacoma scored its second run on Jesus Sucre's RBI triple in the bottom of the frame. Albuquerque then got an RBI double from Mike Baxter in the eighth and a two-run single from Robinson in the ninth to account for the final score.

Jordan Pries (3-5) took the loss for the Rainiers as he allowed three runs in 6.2 innings. He struck out seven in a losing cause.

Albuquerque and Tacoma will meet again Sunday at 2:35 p.m. Veteran right-hander Jeff Bennett (2-1, 3.65 ERA) will start for the Isotopes, while the Rainiers have yet to name a starter.


The Dodgers recalled infielder Miguel Rojas on Saturday. It will mark the big-league debut for Rojas, who has hit well (.302/.353/.434), with all four of his home runs coming since May 28. ... Albuquerque is awaiting the arrival of shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, a former Cuban defector, who was sent down to make room for Rojas. He has 72 hours to report.

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