The Isotopes (57-57) were unable to hold a three-run lead Sunday evening as the Round Rock Express (53-61) came back to defeat Albuquerque, 5-4, in the series finale at Dell Diamond. Albuquerque remains one game back of Salt Lake in the Pacific Southern Division with 28 games remaining in the season.
Isotopes starting pitcher Zach Jemiola kept the Express offense quiet to start the game, allowing just two runs and eight hits in six innings. The quality start was his third of the 2017 campaign. The two runs Jemiola yielded came on a home run to Willie Calhoun in the sixth inning.
Reliever James Farris was charged with the loss after surrendering three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings, including a go-ahead home run to Calhoun in the bottom of the eighth.
Outfielder Rosell Herrera led the Isotopes offense with two hits, highlighted by his third home run of the year in the fifth inning to put Albuquerque ahead 3-0. Second baseman Cristhian Adames also drove in two runs on the evening.
The Isotopes continue their road trip Monday, beginning a four-game series against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A Marlins) at the Shrine on Airline. Yency Almonte (1-0, 5.25) will make start his third game for Albuquerque while New Orleans will hand the ball to right-hander Omar Bencomo (0-1, 4.50). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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