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Suns win in Augusta

August 07, 1998

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Matt McClellan allowed only one hit over the final eight innings as the Hagerstown Suns won a pitching duel Thursday night with the Augusta GreenJackets, 3-1.

McClellan (7-5) went the distance for his first complete-game victory of the season, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out three for the Suns (21-26, 65-52 overall).

Down 1-0 in the fourth, Hagerstown tied the game. With one out, Greg Morrison singled before Lorenzo Bagley popped out. Morrison went to third on Bobby Cripps' single, and Tony Peters drove him in with another single.

In the fifth, Josh Phelps reached on an error by the first baseman, Cesar Izturis walked and Luis Morillo's attempted sacrifice bunt turned into a single to load the bases with nobody out. Chris Hayes struck out, but Morrison drove in a run with a groundout to third base. Bagley followed with an infield single that drove in Izturis for the final run of the game, more than enough for McClellan's strong outing.

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The GreenJackets got to McClellan in the first on a couple of hits that went a combined 200 feet. Victor Gutierrez led off with a chopper over a drawn-in Chris Hayes at third base, and Kory DeHaan then walked. Carlos Rivera flew out to center field, and with Derrick Lankford at the plate

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