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'Birds fly off with win vs. Suns

June 25, 1998

SALISBURY, Md. - Maikell Diaz came off the bench and went 3-for-3 with three RBIs Wednesday as the Delmarva Shorebirds broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the eighth for a 6-5 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

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Diaz replaced Richard Paz, who left after being struck in the chest with the ball. Diaz drove in what proved the be the winning run with a triple off Matt Weimer (4-2).

The Shorebirds broke the tie when Tom McGee legged out a single, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Eddie Martinez's sacrifice bunt before scoring on a second wild pitch.

Hagerstown (3-4) suffered its third straight loss as Delmarva (5-2) strengthen its hold on the second-half lead in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

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The loss tarnished a 4-for-4 outing for Hagerstown's Mike Rodriguez, who drove in three runs.

Delmarva took a 1-0 lead in the first off starter John Sneed as Luis Matos reached on a two-base error and stole third and home.

Hagerstown tied the game in the second on Rodriguez's RBI double and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Luis Morilla's RBI groundout.

Rodriguez had a two-run single in the sixth and Diaz countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 4-4.

Jeremy Halpin (7-2), the fourth of five Delmarva pitchers, took the win while South Hagerstown's Derek Brown got his 20th save. Brown allowed a run in the ninth on Mike Young's bases-loaded forceout, but Lorenzo Bagley grounded into a double play to end the threat and the game.

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