Storm Chasers finish home sweep behind Bubba Starling’s home run

Outfielder Bubba Starling hit a two-run home run and added a run-scoring single Thursday night in leading the Storm Chasers to a 4-1 win and a three-game sweep over Albuquerque.

Omaha outscored the Isotopes 23-5 in the series as the Chasers have won nine of their past 12 to improve to 30-31.

Starling homered to left in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie, then he made it 4-1 with his fifth-inning single. Starling, who upped his batting average to .345, also threw out a baserunner at home in the eighth inning.

Lucas Duda and Erick Mejia each added two hits for the Chasers. Duda, in Omaha on an injury rehab assignment, has hit safely in five straight games and is batting .379 during his eight-game stint with the Chasers.

On the mound, four Chasers combined on a seven-hitter, allowing just one unearned run.

After opener Josh Staumont went two innings, Jake Kalish was sharp in his five innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. He retired the last 10 batters he faced.

Shortstop Offerman Collado singled in the second inning for his first Triple-A base hit. For the Isotopes, all-star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, on a rehab assignment for the Rockies, went 1 for 4.

Omaha’s homestand continues as it starts a four-game set with El Paso on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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