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Suns' surge saves day

September 01, 1999

SALISBURY, Md. - Joe Dusan's two-run homer in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference as the Hagerstown Suns stopped a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Tuesday.

With the Suns holding a 3-2 lead entering the ninth, Ryan Fleming reached on the fourth error of the night by Delmarva. Fleming stole second and Orlando Hudson walked. Tyler Thompson then hit into a fielder's choice and Hudson was forced out at second, but Fleming raced home on the late relay throw to first and scored for a 4-2 lead.

The Shorebirds brought in left-hander Shaun Babula, but Dusan slammed his first pitch out to right for a 6-2 lead.

Delmarva rallied with two outs in the bottom of the inning when Hagerstown reliever Brian Bowles walked two straight batters.

The Suns brought in Jarrod Kingrey, who gave up a two-run double to Brian Roberts, cutting the lead to 6-4. But Kingrey would get the next batter to finish the game.

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Ryan Spille (7-1) earned the win while Rodney Ormond (1-2) took the loss. Kingrey got his 27th save.

Hagerstown opened the scoring in the second when Ryan Bundy tripled and scored on Justin Davies' groundout. The Suns added a run in the fourth on singles by Dusan, Matt Logan and Bundy and a bases-loaded walk to Davies.

Delmarva tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth on RBI doubles by Matthew Riordan and Keith Reed. The Suns responded in the fifth, as Tyler Thompson's RBI single scored Hudson for a 3-2 lead.

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