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Suns finish strong

August 22, 2000

Suns finish strong



SAVANNAH, Ga. - Josh Stevens retired 12 of 13 batters he faced, securing the Hagerstown Suns' 3-2 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats Tuesday night in South Atlantic League action.

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Steven, pitching in relief of Josh Stevens (3-1), picked up his third save of the season as Hagerstown took three games in the four-game set against Savannah, knocking the Sand Gnats from the Southern Division lead.

Hagerstown (58-68, 24-32 in the second half) took the lead in the first inning. Jaime Goudie led off with a single. One out later, Brandon Jackson singled. One out later, Kevin Cash singled in the game's fist run.

Hagerstown upped its lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when Cash tripled and scored on Jose Umbria's ground out.

In the fifth, Chivas Clark singled and moved to second base on an error. Shannon Carter sacrificed Clark to third and Goudie lifted a sacrifice fly to right field for a 3-0 lead.

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Savannah scored both its runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Stevens entered in the sixth, striking out six and allowing only an eighth-inning double.

. He struck out six and allowed only an eighth-inning double, but got out of the jam stranding the tying run on third base.

The Suns went 3-7 on the road trip. They lost the first six games, including getting no-hit by Augusta, the new leaders in the Southern Division, before recovering against Savannah.

After today's travel day, the Suns host Macon in the four-game series beginning Thursday.

Today: OFF

THURSDAY: Macon Braves

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