ALBUQUERQUE -- Tim Federowicz hit two home runs, including a game-tying shot in the ninth inning, but the Isotopes fell 10-9 to the Sacramento River Cats in 10 innings on a windy night at Isotopes Park.
Daric Barton tripled to lead off the 10th inning against Albuquerque reliever Yimi Garcia, then scored on a single by second baseman Jose Martinez, his fourth hit of the night.
After walks by Chone Figgins and Joc Pederson in the third inning, Federowicz hit a three-run shot to give the Isotopes a 3-1 lead. First baseman Brock Peterson followed with a solo shot.
But another Peterson came through for the Athletics Triple-A affiliate. Right fielder Shane Peterson entered Thursday hitting .309/.386/.430 with five home runs in 94 games, but on Thursday took advantage of the wind blowing out to left and hit three home runs.
Peterson, a left-handed batter hit a solo shot in the third, a two-run shot as part of a six-run fifth, then a solo shot in the sixth.
"We made a few too many mistakes up in the zone, especially to Peterson," Isotopes manager Damon Berryhill said. "He just capitalized. He didn't miss those mistake pitches, and it cost us a little bit."
The home run in the sixth was hit off Scott Elbert, who had a rough night on his rehab assignment. Peterson was the first batter Elbert faced, then after a strikeout Elbert allowed a ground ball double inside third base and down the left field line. He then walked the next two batters on eight pitches, ending his night with the bases loaded and just one out. None of those runners scored, but Elbert threw just seven strikes in his 20 pitches, allowing four of his five batters to reach base.
Berryhill said Elbert will pitch again for the Isotopes on Friday, his second back-to-back outing of his current rehab assignment. He also pitched back-to-back games for Albuquerque on July 2-3.
Federowicz led off the ninth inning with his second home run, off River Cats closer Evan Scribner, to tie the game at 9-9. But Federowicz didn't just excel at the plate on Thursday. He threw out all four runners trying to steal on Thursday, and has thrown out 16 of 37 runners (43.2 percent) trying to steal with Triple-A this season.
"He's been swinging the bat really well, really the last two weeks," Berryhill said. "He's done a great job for us."
In his last 15 games, Federowicz is hitting .345 (19-for-55) with three home runs, three doubles and 14 RBI.
Stephen Fife takes the mound for Albuquerque on Friday night in the second game of the four-game set against the River Cats, with Matt Buschmann starting for Sacramento.
Home runs: Tim Federowicz 2 (8), Brock Peterson (3), Jamie Romak (18); Shane Peterson 3 (8)
WP - Evan Scriber (4-1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 strikeouts
LP - Yimi Garcia (4-2): 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk
Sv - Jeremy McBryde (9): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout