Three runs batted in from Mike Tauchman and a strong pitching performance from Barry Enright led the Isotopes (44-44) to a 4-1 win over the Las Vegas 51s (34-55) on Saturday night. With the victory, the Isotopes have now on won four of their last five games, are back at the .500 mark on the season and have pulled to within 4.5 games of the first place Salt Lake Bees.
Enright earned his sixth quality start of the season after allowing just one run over 7.0 innings on the hill. The veteran right-hander struck out four while walking just one Las Vegas batter.
Reliever Shane Carle tossed a scoreless eighth inning while Jairo Diaz shut down the 51s in the ninth inning to earn his third save of the season for the Isotopes.
Tauchman led the way offensively for Albuquerque, finishing the night 1-for-2 with three RBI and a walk. It was the 26-year-old's first game back with the Isotopes since making his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 27.
Fellow outfielder Domonic Brown also had a solid night at the plate. The veteran outfielder reached base every time he came to the plate going 3-for-3 with a walk and a double.
The Isotopes look for the three-game sweep on Sunday evening at Isotopes Park as the first half of the season comes to a close. Left-hander Sam Howard (3-1, 3.62) will toe the rubber for the Isotopes while Las Vegas counters with righty Ricky Knapp (3-10, 6.06). First pitch in the series finale is set for 6:05 p.m.
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