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Monell’s 10th-inning HR lifts 51s to victory

The 51s lost a pair of two-run leads to Albuquerque on Monday night.

But catcher Johnny Monell made sure it didn’t matter.

Monell launched a walkoff home run to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning to snap a four-game losing streak and send Las Vegas to a 6-5 Pacific Coast League victory over the Isotopes.

Monell’s homer was his first of the season and just the team’s third since Opening Day. Monell, who entered as a pinch hitter in the third inning and remained in to catch, went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

The game was back and forth throughout, with the two teams tied at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5.

The 51s took a 5-3 lead lead in the fourth inning shortly after surrendering their first two-run lead, but the Isotopes chipped away, scoring both in the sixth and eighth.

Betsy Helfand can be reached at bhelfand@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BetsyHelfand on Twitter.

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