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Albuquerque and Great Lakes drew record crowds. The 'Topes won 4-3 to sweep Memphis. Chattanooga broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and then had to fight off a late rally to win for the third time in four games, 4-3 over Carolina. Inland Empire scored three in the seventh to top Visalia 6-3. Dee Gordon's two-run homer in the 12th gave the Loons a 5-3 win over Lansing.

Isotopes Sweep Memphis
A season-high 15,358 watched as Albuquerque (43-39) swept the three game series from Memphis, winning 4-3. The crowd surpasses the previous top attendance of 15,321 set just 10 days ago on June 23.

The win gives the Isotopes a 2.5 game lead over Oklahoma City in the PCL American South Division.

Starter Carlos Alvarado (6-6) retired the first six batters he faced and with help from the 'Topes bullpen was tough with men on base, as Memphis stranded 10 runners over the final seven innings.

Alvarado worked five innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. Hyang-Nam Choi, Travis Schlichting and Erick Threets shut off the Redbirds with four hits and a single run.

Despite walking the leadoff batter in the ninth, Scott Strickland picked up his 16th save and second in as many days pitching a scoreless ninth.

Outfielder Dee Brown staked Albuquerque to a lead with two outs in the bottom of the first. After Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffmann drew back-to-back walks, Brown powered a three-run shot that just cleared the fence in right-center for an early 3-0 advantage.

Memphis trimmed the score with single runs in the fourth and fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth Hoffmann rapped a two-out double to left-center and Brown was intentionally walked before J.D. Closser delivered a single to plate Hoffmann and provide a vital insurance run.

Memphis scratched a run in the top of the sixth off reliever Choi to put the Redbirds within one at 4-3 but that is as close as they would get.

Albuquerque will head to Nashville for the first of a four-game series with Sounds tonight. 'Topes All-Star pitcher Charlie Haeger (8-5, 3.75) will get the ball against Sounds righty Tim Dillard (8-3, 3.86).

After the All-Star break, the Isotopes will host 20 games in 28 days.

  Score by Innings
Memphis	        000 111 000-3
Albuquerque	300 010 00x-4

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu ss-2b	4  0  0  0  .200
Gonzalez 2b	4  0  1  0  .212
 Schlichting p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Threets p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Strickland p	0  0  0  0  .000
DeWitt 3b	3  1  1  0  .246
Hoffmann rf	3  2  1  0  .274
Brown lf	3  1  1  3  .307
Closser 1b	4  0  2  1  .358
Repko cf	3  0  1  0  .259
 Choi p	        0  0  0  0  .500
 Hu ss        	1  0  0  0  .254
Ellis c	        2  0  0  0  .317
Alvarado p	2  0  0  0  .071
 Rosario cf	1  0  0  0  .240
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  Totals  	38  4  7  4  
  Memphis	32  3  9  3

  Error- Closser (1). 2B- DeWitt (17).
HR- Brown (125). RBI- Brown 3 (56).
LOB- Albuquerque 6, Memphis 10. 

  Albuquerque	    in  h r-er bb so  era
Alvarado (6-6)	   5.0  5  2-2  1  7  3.62
Choi        	   2.0  3  1-1  1  1  2.10
Schlichting	   0.1  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Threets	           0.2  0  0-0  0  0  1.69
Strickland (sv 16) 1.0  0  0-0  1  0  3.71
  WP- Alvarado. T- 2:46. Att- 15,358.
Lookouts Squeak Past Mudcats
Chattanooga broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and then had to fight off a late rally to win for the third time in four games, 4-3 over Carolina.

Russ Mitchell was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh and he moved to third on a one-out single by Tommy Giles. A passed ball enabled Mitchell to score and red-hot Ramon Nivar followed with an RBI single to give the Lookouts a 4-2 edge.

J.D. Durbin (1-2) earned the win, allowing five hits and a pair of runs over seven innings. He struck out five. Francisco Felix worked a perfect eighth before Matt Sartor gave up three hits, a run and then finished by striking the final two Mudcats to record his seventh save.

The Lookouts got on the scoreboard first when James Tomlin led off with a triple and scored on a fielding error.

Carolina tied the score in the top of the second on a double, a ground and Durban's balk.

Russ Mitchell put the Lookouts back on top with a solo home run in the second to give Chattanooga a 2-1 lead. Carolina countered with two outs on a single and a triple to tie the score.

Sartor, a Southern League All-Star, staggered but closed the door in the ninth seal the win.

Andrew Lambo and Tomlin each had a pair of hits.

The Chattanooga hits the road to play a four-game series against the Mobile BayBears starting today.

  Score by Innings
Carolina	011 000 001-3
Chattanooga	110 000 200-4

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi  ave
Tomlin cf	3  1  2  0  .310
Nivar 2b	4  0  1  1  .414
Perez 1b	4  0  0  0  .248
Bell 3b        	4  0  0  0  .277
May c        	2  0  0  0  .292
Lambo lf	4  0  2  0  .269
Mitchell rf	3  2  1  1  .199
Sellers ss	4  0  0  0  .290
Durbin p	2  0  0  0  .000
 Sellers ph	1  1  1  0  .282
 Felix p	0  0  0  0  .333
 Sartor p	0  0  0  0  .000
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  Totals	31  4  7  2
  Carolina	34  3  8  2

  3B- Tomlin (3). HR- Mitchell (7).
RBI- Mitchell (33), Nivar (3).
LOB- Chattanooga 7, Carolina 6.
CS- Lambo (23). DP- Perez unassisted.

  Chattanooga	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Durbin (1-2)	7.0  5  2-2  2  5  2.04
Felix        	1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.23
Sartor (sv 7)	1.0  3  1-1  0  3  3.02
  Balk- Durbin. HBP- May, Mitchell. 
T- 2:47. Att- 6,393.
Sixers Sweep Visalia
Inland Empire scored three in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and earn a 6-3 win and a sweep of the three game series in Visalia. Scott Van Slyke's two run single keyed the winning rally.

Tim Sexton (4-8) won his third consecutive game, allowing a single run on six hits over six innings while striking out a half-dozen. Over the three game streak he has recorded a 2.57 earned run average with 17 strikeouts.

Jake McCarter and Marcel Prado finished up, allowing a pair of hits and an unearned run over the final three innings. Prado left the bases loaded in the ninth and recorded his third save.

Inland Empire scored in the first inning when Trayvon Robinson pounded his 11th home run of the season over the left field fence. After Visalia added their only earned run of the game, Garrett Green singled, moved up on an error and scored on Elian Herrera's sac fly.

A two-out single, a walk and a passed ball allowed Visalia tie the game and it went 2-2 into the seventh.

Green reached on an error to open the seventh and with one out, Herrera singled and stole second. Pedro Baez's ground ball broke the tie and Van Slyke's singled to left drove in two more runs.

Steve Caseres' sac fly plated the final 66er run in the ninth.

  Score by Innings
Inland Empire	101 000 301-6
Visalia	        010 020 010-3

  Inland Empire	ab r  h  bi  ave
Mattingly dh	4  0  0  0  .272
Herrera lf	4  2  3  1  .331
Robinson cf	3  2  1  1  .296
Baez 3b        	4  0  0  1  .284
Caseres 1b	3  0  1  1  .296
Van Slyke rf	5  0  3  2  .311
Garabedian c	4  0  1  0  .270
Lara ss        	4  0  0  0  .258
Green 2b	4  2  1  0  .225
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  Totals	35  6 10  6
  Visalia	37  3  8  1

  Error- Lara (12), Caseres (4).
2B- Garabedian (8). HR- Robinson (11).
RBI- Robinson (38), Herrera (18), Baez
(51), Van Slyke 2 (56), Caseres (29).
S- Mattingly. SF- Herrera, Caseres.
LOB- Inland Empire 9, Visalia 15.
SB- Herrera 2 (21).  

  Inland Empire	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Sexton (4-8)	6.0  6  2-1  4  6  2.91
McCarter        1.1  1  1-0  1  3  2.70
Prado (sv 3)	1.2  1  0-0  3  1  3.20
  T- 3:10. Att- 2,622.
Gordon Powers Loons
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Great Lakes Loons

  A new Dow Diamond record 6,057 fans witnessed Great Lakes' dramatic comeback win in extra innings over the Lansing Lugnuts, 5-3. Dee Gordon's two-run homer in the 12th proved to be the winning blow.

With the score tied at three in the 12th, Matt Wallach doubled down the left field line to lead off the inning.  Dee Gordon followed and tried to bunt Wallach over to third, but was unsuccessful. Then with the count full, Gordon turned on pitch and pounded it over the wall in right-center for a two-run, game-winning home run.

The home run was just Gordon's second of the year and was his fourth hit of the game.

  The Loons had to battle from behind after scoring the game's first run in the fifth on a single by Jaime Pedroza. Lansing responded with a three-run home run to take a 3-1 lead in the seventh.

  Trailing by two in the ninth, the Loons took advantage of some sloppy Lugnuts defense. Austin Gallagher at first and one out, Alfredo Silverio singled to right, but the ball scooted past the right fielder for a two base error allowing pinch-runner Parker Dalton to score.  Then with Silverio at third, pinch-hitter Wallach singled past a drawn-in infield to tie the score.

  Nathan Eovaldi started and threw five shutout innings, striking out a career high seven. Luis Garcia added three scoreless relief innings. Robert Boothe (1-3) pitched a 1-2-3 12th for his first win of the year.    The crowd of 6,057 established a new ballpark high, surpassing the 5,887 in attendance on June 20.

  The Loons begin a 10-game roadtrip on Independence Day in Fort Wayne for the first game of a four-game series against the first-place TinCaps, who have the best record in Minor League Baseball (52-26). 

Right-hander Jon Michael Redding (9-3, 4.34 ERA) will start for the Loons against right-hander Anthony Bass (7-3, 1.95), who has the league's lowest ERA.

    Roster Moves
--First baseman Brian Mathews has been released and OF Travis Vetters has been activated from the disabled list.

  Score by Innings
Lansing	        000 000 300 000-3
Great Lakes	000 010 002 002-5
  
  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi  ave
Gordon ss	6  1  4  2  .315
Pedroza 2b	5  0  1  1  .273
Buss cf        	5  0  1  0  .256
Russell rf	4  0  0  0  .278
Hatch 3b	4  0  1  0  .267
Delmonico 1b	5  0  1  0  .260
Gallagher dh	4  0  0  0  .257
 Dalton pr-dh	1  1  0  0  .211
Silverio lf	5  2  1  0  .264
Lopez c	        3  0  0  0  .150
 Wallach ph-c	2  1  2  1  .239
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  Totals	36  5 11  4
  Lansing	39  3  8  3

  2B- Wallach (13). HR- Gordon (2).
RBI- Pedroza (46), Wallach (25), Gordon
2 (21). LOB- Great Lakes 8, Lansing 7.
SB- Gordon (42), CS- Gordon 2 (21).
PO- Gordon (1). DP- Eovaldi, Gordon 
and Delmonico. 

  Great Lakes	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Eovaldi        	5.0  5  0-0  0  7  3.90
Martin        	3.0  3  3-3  1  3  4.50
LGarcia	        3.0  0  0-0  0  4  2.82
Boothe (1-3)	1.0  0  0-0  0  2  4.54
  WP- Martin. HBP- by Martin 2. PB- Lopez (2).
T- 3:24. Att- 6,057.
Matt Herges Released
Former Dodger Matt Herges was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians to make room for the addition of reliever Winston Abreu to the major-league roster.

"I got designated for assignment," Herges said after the game. "I'm not here anymore. I don't really know what my options are at this point. I'm not sure if the Indians would even want me down there (the minors)."

Herges, one of the game's nicest people, went 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances.

"I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this place," he said. "I will never not say quality things about this organization. This is baseball. This is the business of baseball. I get it."

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