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Casey gets rare show of support

August 20, 1999

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jesse Zepeda's two-run single in the third inning gave Hagerstown pitcher Joe Casey all the support he needed to break a personal five-game losing streak on Thursday with a 4-2 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs.

Casey (7-12) won for the first time since July 17 by going seven innings while allowing two runs - one earned - on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

The Suns (75-48, 27-25), who have been error-prone when Casey pitched, worked out of two bases-loaded situations to preserve the victory. Casey got Jeison Arias to strikeout and Kelvin Ryan to groundout to end the threat in the fifth.

The Hagerstown bullpen protected the lead by doing the same in the eighth with Jarrod Kingrey coming on for two strikeouts.

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Hagerstown scored two runs in the first when Jorge Nunez and Felipe Lopez led off the game with singles before Ryan Fleming grounded to shortstop Jack Joffrion, who stepped on second and threw the ball away to allow Nunez to score. Orlando Hudson followed with an RBI single.

Hudson hit a two-out single in the third and took third on Brian Chwan in the second and Ryan in the third.

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