The Albuquerque Isotopes scored in five of the first six innings Monday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-2 at Isotopes Park. It was the first time the Chihuahuas lost on the Fourth of July, as the club won on Independence Day in both 2014 and 2015.
Trailing 6-0 in the top of the sixth, Hunter Renfroe launched a long home run over the left field stands to get the Chihuahuas on the board. It was Renfroe’s league-leading 20th home run and his second longball in as many games.
El Paso’s other run came on an RBI single by Alexi Amarista on the day he arrived from San Diego.
El Paso starter Daniel McCutchen took his second straight loss after an impressive stretch from late May to late June where he allowed only six earned runs in 38 innings.
Reliever Leonel Campos surrendered a runMonday, ending a string of 10 consecutive appearances without an earned run against him.
The Chihuahuas left eight on base Monday and have uncharacteristically left 35 runners on in their last three games.
Team Records: El Paso (49-35), Albuquerque (34-50)
Next Game: Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. vs. Albuquerque at Isotopes Park. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (3-0, 3.71) vs. Albuquerque RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-6, 3.46). Game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com
Albuquerque 7 El Paso 2 – Monday
WP: Flemer (4-3)
LP: McCutchen (8-5)