The Albuquerque Isotopes scored seven early runs Saturday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 12-2.
The Isotopes have taken two of the first three games in the five-game series.
El Paso’s Fernando Rodriguez took the loss after a 3.2-inning spot start, his longest outing of the season. Boog Powell reached base four times in the loss, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a solo homer.
Michael Gettys’ solo home run provided the other Chihuahuas run Saturday.
The 10-run defeat was El Paso’s most lopsided loss of the season.
Chihuahuas infielder Peter Van Gansen moved to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his first career pitching appearance.
Albuquerque 12 El Paso 2 – Saturday
WP: C. Gonzalez (3-3) | LP: F. Rodriguez (1-1) | S: None | Time: 3:10 | Attn: 14,222
Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (28-14), Albuquerque (22-21)
Next Game: Sunday, 1:35 pm at Isotopes Park. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.99) vs. Albuquerque RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.80). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.