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Suns streak hits 3

August 05, 2000

Suns streak hits 3



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Kurt Keene ripped a base-clearing double to highlight a six-run fifth inning Saturday to lift the Hagerstown Suns to a 7-1 victory over the lowly Cape Fear Crocs.

The Suns (17-24, 51-60) won their third straigth game after losing five in a row. The victory against last-place Cape Fear (14-29, 52-62) helps keeps Hagerstown firmly in fifth place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division second-half race.

Hagerstown's rally helped make a winner of starter Ryan Houston in his Suns debut. Houston, who pitched five innings, was promoted to Hagerstown on Wednesday to replace Travis Hubbel.

The Suns started to break a 1-1 tie as Shawn Pearson reached on a one-out error by Cape Fear starter Pat Collins (6-10). After stealing second and Shannon Carter walked, Fagan scored on Brandon Jackson's single, which extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

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Shawn Fagan followed by drawing a walk to load the bases for Keene, who stroked his double to right-center field to clear the bases. Collins was lifted after intentionally walking Chivas Clark.

Julio Perez came on to serve up a grounder to Jose Umbria that third baseman Josh McKinley booted to allow Keene to score. Shortstop Brandon Phillips backed up the error by throwing the ball away while trying to get Clark at third, allowing the outfielder to score.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Umbria.

Cape Fear tied the game on John Palmieri groundout.

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