Back-to-back home runs from Noel Cuevas and Jordan Patterson in the seventh inning propelled the Isotopes (43-44) to a 6-4 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (34-54) Friday night at Isotopes Park. Albuquerque has now won five of its last eight contests and are 5.5 games back of Salt Lake for first place in the Pacific Southern Division.
The Isotopes trailed Las Vegas, 4-2, heading in to the bottom of the seventh before Noel Cuevas launched a three-run home run to left to put Albuquerque ahead, 5-4. The home run was Cuevas' 11th of the season. Patterson immediately followed with his team-leading 12th long ball of the year. It was the third time this season the Isotopes have hit consecutive home runs and the fifth straight time dating back to July 14, 2016 that Patterson has been involved in back-to-back home runs for Albuquerque.
Starting pitcher Matt Flemer received a no-decision despite recording his fourth quality start of 2017. The right-hander allowed just three runs and seven hits in 6.0 innings of work. Left-handed reliever Sam Moll earned his third win while Austin House picked up his first save at the Triple-A level.
The Isotopes and 51s are back in action Saturday evening with Barry Enright (4-3, 6.22) scheduled to toe the rubber for Albuquerque. Las Vegas will counter with right-hander Wilfredo Boscan (3-7, 5.48). First pitch from Isotopes Park is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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