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Suns drop fourth straight

May 01, 2001

Suns drop fourth straight



GREENSBORO, N.C. - Greensboro's Deivi Mendez lined his first home run of the season down the right field line off reliever Mark Hills with one out in the 10th to lead the Bats to a 8-7 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

Hagerstown (12-13) squandered a 5-2 lead in the eighth when Greensboro scored five times. But the Suns came back on a two-run home run by Derek Bell in the ninth to force extra innings.

Hills (0-1) allowed his fourth home run in nine innings of work as the Suns lost their fourth straight game.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third as Deivi Santos doubled and scored on a Bryan Carter single, breaking a streak of 26 2/3 scoreless innings. Greensboro countered with two runs off starter Kyle Gross in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double by Jason Grove and a RBI single by Yhency Brazoban.

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The Suns regained the lead in the fifth when Hagerstown's newest addition, outfielder Nick Wilfong hit a three-run home run. Wilfong was sent to Hagerstown on Sunday when Alex Fajardo was promoted to Single A San Jose.

After Carter lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh, Greensboro scored five runs in the eighth off Hagerstown relievers Wes Faust, Chris Jones and Joe Smith. Omar Fuentes and David Fowler each hit two-run doubles and Mendez added a sacrifice fly to spark the rally.

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