Ryan McMahon and Dustin Garneau each connected on home runs as the Isotopes (47-45) took their third game in-a-row from Las Vegas, defeating the 51s (35-58), 9-5, at Cashman Field. With the win, the Isotopes have been victorious in seven of their last nine games and have pulled to within 2.5 games of the first-place Salt Lake Bees.
McMahon's home run, a two-run shot in the first inning, marked his eighth as an Isotope and 15th overall on the season. The 22-year-old finished the night 3-for-5, raising his batting average to .391.
Rockies rehabbing outfield David Dahl finished his second game with the Isotopes 2-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.
Isotopes starter Zach Jemiola made his first appearance for Albuquerque since suffering an oblique injury in May. The right-hander allowed four earned runs over 4.2 innings, surrendering nine hits, walking three and striking out none.
Isotopes relievers Shane Carle, Carlos Estevez, James Farris and Austin House shut down the 51s over the contest's final 4.2 innings, combining to allow just three hits and no runs.
The Isotopes look for the sweep when they wrap-up their four-game set with the 51s Sunday evening. Veteran right-hander Barry Enright (5-3, 5.66) will toe the rubber for Albuquerque while Las Vegas counters with Wilfredo Boscan (3-8, 5.28). First pitch from Cashman Field is set for 8:05 p.m.
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