The Isotopes (57-58) led three times Monday evening, but the New Orleans Baby Cakes (44-70) outlasted Albuquerque in 10 innings, 6-5, in the series opener at the Shrine on Airline. Albuquerque has now lost three straight contests and is 13-13 since the All-Star Break.
The Isotopes held a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Baby Cakes took advantage of a Tony Wolters throwing error to tie the game at 5-5. New Orleans had an opportunity to win the game with the bases loaded and one out, but Steve Lombardozzi flew out to Noel Cuevas in right field. Eury Perez tagged up at third base on the play, but Cuevas threw him out at home for an inning-ending double play to send the game to extras.
Perez came through for New Orleans in the 10th inning, hitting a walk-off single with two outs to defeat the Isotopes. Albuquerque reliever Austin House received his second loss of the season, allowing two runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings.
Right-hander Yency Almonte made his third start for the Isotopes, pitching five innings while yielding four runs and five hits. Almonte also walked a season-high five batters during his outing.
Second baseman Ryan McMahon had the Isotopes biggest hit of the night, crushing a two-run homer to right in the fifth inning. The 22-year-old has now hit a career-high 19 home runs this season between
Albuquerque and Double-A Hartford, 13 of which have come with the Isotopes.
Albuquerque and New Orleans are back in action Tuesday evening. The Isotopes will turn to Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.93) on the bump while fellow right-hander William Cuevas (1-4, 4.50) will start for the Baby Cakes. The game is slated to get underway at 6:00 p.m.
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