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Pederson homers twice as Isotopes roll over Chihuahuas

Joc Pederson hit a pair of two-run homers as the Isotopes opened their road trip by beating the Chihuahuas.
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The Albuquerque Isotopes hit the road Saturday night for the opener in a 12-game trip away from home. So far, the road is looking like a lot nicer place.

Joc Pederson blasted two of Albuquerque's four home runs as the Isotopes earned an 8-4 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas. Clint Robinson and Jamie Romak also went deep for Albuquerque (18-18).

Pederson got things started with a two-run shot in the first inning. After spending all season batting second, Pederson was moved to the third spot in the order, swapping places with teammate Mike Baxter.

Robinson followed Pederson's shot with a mammoth blast to right field that completely cleared the ballpark. Former Isotope Alex Castellanos answered them with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the frame.

Jonathan Galvez hit a solo home run in the third inning to cut the lead to 3-2. Albuquerque then pulled starter Stephen Fife after just three innings of work. Carlos Frias (1-1) entered the game in his first relief outing of the season and proceeded to go the next five innings, allowing just two runs.

The good news was that the Isotopes did not stop scoring and allow the Chihuahuas (15-21) back into the game. Romak led off the fourth with an opposite-field home run to right. Albuquerque would add two more runs in the inning on Walter Ibarra's RBI single and a run-scoring error.

Pederson then belted his second homer with two outs in the sixth. Baxter scored on both of Pederson's homers, having walked ahead of him in the first inning and singled ahead of him in the sixth.

Albuquerque and El Paso will play a Mother's Day matinee at 1:05 p.m. The Isotopes will send Red Patterson (2-1, 3.90 ERA) to the mound against the Chihuahuas' Juan Oramas (2-1, 5.17).

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