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'Topes make Mulder's night one to 'X' out

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Mark Mulder’s scheduled swan song on his rehab stint with the Memphis Redbirds didn’t go as well as he might’ve expected.

In fact, you might classify it as an “X-File.”

Sorry about that.

On their way to an 11-6 road win Thursday night, Albuquerque Isotopes battered Mulder with six runs on six. hits and two walks in the first inning and led 6-2 by inning’s end. Mulder ended up getting yanked after three and two-thirds innings after surrendering six runs, all earned, and 10 hits.

Albuquerque finished the game nearly as strongly, scoring four times in the top of the ninth. And that was fortunate for Isotopes fans, because the Redbirds overcame their rough start and managed to pull within 7-6 at the end of the eighth.

Chase Lambin went 4 for 4 with three runs and two runs batted in for the ‘Topes. Lorenzo Scott and Jason Wood each went 3 for 6 for the visitors.

Dallas Trahern earned the pitching win for Albuquerque. Reliever Taylor Tankersley got the team out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Mulder, a star hurler with Memphis’ parent club, the St. Louis Cardinals, has been recovering from an injury and had his final Triple A start Thursday.

The Isotopes will try for a series split Friday as they face another rehabbing Major League ace in Matt Clement. Bobby Keppel will take the hill for Albuquerque (35-38).