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Suns get last laugh in 11th to win Saturday

May 14, 2001

Suns get last laugh in 11th to win Saturday



LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Derek Bell hit an excuse-me double to drive home Elliot Strankman in with one-run in the 12th inning as the Hagerstown Suns came back from two runs down Saturday for a 7-6 win over Lakewood.

The Suns (19-17) trailed 6-4 heading into the top of the ninth but got a leadoff solo home run by Nick Wilfong and a Mark Walker sacrifice fly to force the extra innings.

Strankman started the 12th with a one out single off Dan Adams (0-1) and took second on Kevin Alexander's single. Bell popped a shot to short center field that fell between three fielders. Bell took second when no one was covering the bag.

Elgin Graham came on for his first save, preserving the win for Chris Jones (1-2). Graham got out of trouble when catcher Trey Lunsford gunned down Carlos Acevado while attempting to steal third base.

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The Suns scored the first four runs of the game to support starter John Thomas. Bell hit a sacrifice fly in the first and Jason Ellison hit his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second.

Lakewood did all its scoring in the middle three innings until Wes Faust came on and shut the door with 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Before the game, the Suns placed starting pitcher Boof Bonser, San Francisico's top choice in the 2000 draft, on the disabled list with a tired arm. Hagerstown received right-hand pitcher a Rafael Rigueiro from extended spring training to fill the roster spot.

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