The Commercial Appeal

Isotopes squeeze past Redbirds

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The Albuquerqu­e Isotopes edged the Redbirds 3-2 on Saturday night in front of 9,858 fans at AutoZone Park.

Memphis is now 3-12 against the Isotopes this year. It was the Redbirds’ second straight one-run loss to the Isotopes and league-leading 16th of the season

Outfielder Chad Huffman went 3-for-4 while catcher Rob Johnson hit a stand-up triple. Outfielder Tommy Pham added a pair of singles.

Both starting pitchers earned decisions. The Redbirds’ Carlos Martinez (2-2) finished the evening with three runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings in the quality start. He walked three and struck out five. Albuquerqu­e’s Matt Palmer (4-3) gave up one run on five hits in six innings.

In his first appearance since rejoining the Redbirds, Nick Greenwood tossed two shutout frames. Marc Rzepczynsk­i ended with a perfect ninth.

Memphis will look to salvage a series split on Sunday with Nick Additon (5-3, 4.29) on the mound at 1:35 p.m. Albuquerqu­e will counter with right-hander Jonathan Sanchez (0- 0, 18.00).

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