Eric Hosmer and Clint Robinson each hit home runs to power Omaha to a 7-5 comeback victory over the Isotopes Tuesday night in the second of a four-game set at Isotopes Park. The Storm Chasers improved to 15-10 on the season and increased their lead in the American Conference North Division to three games over Iowa, which lost at home to Round Rock.
Trent Oeltjen’s two-run homer in the second inning started the scoring and ended Omaha starter Danny Duffy’s scoreless innings streak at 16, dating back to his first start of the season against the Isotopes on April 9. A.J. Ellis, who drove in the deciding runs in Monday’s game, added an RBI double to complete the three-run frame.
Albuquerque starter Dana Eveland took that 3-0 lead into the sixth inning before it evaporated quickly. Hosmer drew a leadoff walk and Mike Moustakas reached on a Corey Smith throwing error. Robinson then broke out of a 3-for-30 slump with his eighth home run, and second off Eveland this season, to get the game tied.
However, the hosts briefly moved in front again in the bottom of the inning when Oeltjen tripled home Smith with two outs. Duffy allowed four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out a season-high nine over six innings to earn his second win of the season.
Lorenzo Cain started the winning rally in the seventh with a one-out bunt single, moved to third base on another Smith throwing error and scored the tying run on a double by David Lough, who extended his hitting streak to eight games. Hosmer followed with a long ball to left field, his third of the year, to give the Storm Chasers their first lead of the night at 6-4.
Lough would deliver a two-out RBI hit in the eighth to plate Cain to extend the advantage to three. Everett Teaford allowed one run and struck out two over his two innings of relief work before Jesse Chavez tossed a scoreless ninth to sew up the victory and earn his third save.