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Sounds deafen Isotopes in slugfest

Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in the Isotopes' loss to the Sounds.
Mike Baxter went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in the Isotopes' loss to the Sounds.
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Joc Pederson drew three walks and scored two runs but did not steal a base in his quest for history Tuesday night. His team, meanwhile, marched closer to the history it does not want.

The Nashville Sounds powered their way to a 13-12 victory over the host Albuquerque Isotopes. Nashville took three of four in the series.

Albuquerque (57-73) moved within four losses of tying the team record for the most in a season set in 2004. The Isotopes' would have to win 10 of 12 to finish with a higher winning percentage than their .465 mark from 10 years ago, all due to the fact they had two games canceled by rain this season.

Pederson walked and scored in the first inning, walked and was caught stealing on a questionable call in the second, struck out in the fourth, walked and scored in the sixth, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh and struck out in the ninth. He remained at 28 stolen bases for the season as he tries to become the first player in the Pacific Coast League in 80 years to have 30 home runs and 30 steals in the same season.

"It's tough, he's trying to get that, those two more (stolen) bases," manager Damon Berryhill said. "He got one tonight (but) the umpire made a bad call. He never tagged him. That's also part of the game.

"It's tough when you're that close and you end up stealing a bag and getting called out. But he's got plenty of time left. He just has keep doing a good job of getting on base."

Chris Reed sandwiched two bad innings around two good innings. The lefty allowed five runs in the first, didn't give up a run in the second and third and then gave up two more runs in the fourth.

"It comes down to falling behind (in the count)," Berryhill said. "You end up falling behind to a decent hitting club and you have to elevate in the zone. These guys are swinging the bats well right now. You leave it mid-thigh to belt-high, they're going to hit you pretty good."

The Isotopes and Sounds (71-59) were actually tied 7-7 when he left courtesy of a six-run first inning and Tim Federowicz's solo homer in the second.

Albuquerque would take a 9-7 lead in the fifth, only to see Nashville tie it again in the sixth. The Isotopes went ahead again on Clint Robinson's RBI double in the bottom of the frame.

The Sounds would take the lead for good in the seventh on back-to-back RBI doubles by Logan Schafer and Pete Orr. Former Isotope Jeremy Hermida then blasted a two-run homer to left field.

Justin Germano (4-14 overall) took the loss in his first outing as an Isotope. He allowed four runs in 2.1 innings after coming over in a trade from the Texas Rangers organization.

Albuquerque got back within a run as Robinson tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Trayvon Robinson scored on a groundout in the ninth. Tim Federowicz struck out with runners at the corners in the ninth to end the game.

The Isotopes will hit the road for the final time this season, playing four games at Colorado Springs starting Wednesday followed by four games at Oklahoma City. Their next home game is Aug. 28 against Las Vegas.

"We're looking to beat up on Colorado Springs," Berryhill said. "We want to finish strong, no question. We've been swinging the bats well. We've just got to get a little better job out of our starters, get us deeper into the ballgame."

Albuquerque will start right-hander Matt Magill (7-5, 4.89 ERA) on Wednesday. The Sky Sox will counter with veteran lefty Brian Burres (1-6, 7.01).

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