Santos helps Suns power past Tourists

May 22, 2001

Santos helps Suns power past Tourists

Hagerstown Suns

John Thomas (0-2, 6.37)

at Asheville Tourists

Matt Roney (3-4, 5.70)

Time: 7

Radio: WHAG 1410

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns blasted five home runs, including a pair by Deivi Santos, to dust off the Asheville Tourists in a 11-5 victory on Monday.


Santos hit a solo homer in the third and a three-run shot in the fifth to drive in four runs and give the Suns (24-21) all the lead they needed for their third straight victory. Santos, who was homerless for the season until last Thursday, has hit four in the last five days.


Hagerstown came back from a 1-0 deficit in the second on back-to-back, one-out home runs by Nick Wilfong and Trey Lunsford on consecutive pitches from Asheville starter Scott Dohmann (2-4). Bryan Carter prolonged the rally by singling and stealing second before scoring on Elliot Strankman's RBI single.

Strankman had a run of six consecutive hits with singles in the second and fifth innings following a 4-for-4 game on Sunday.

After Santos' first homer in the third, Asheville got a pair of runs back off Hagerstown starter Jeff Clark on an infield single by Dan Conway and a sacrifice fly by Miguel Vilorio to bring the Tourists within 4-3.

Santos gave Hagerstown insurance in the fifth with the three-run homer and scored an unearned run in the sixth when Lunsford reached on a fielder's choice and an error.

Kevin Alexander finished the Suns' home run fest, the most they had in a game this season, with a three-run blast in the eighth.

Elgin Graham (2-0) got the win in relief despite a two-run home run to Rene Reyes, allowed by reliever Rafael Riqueiro, in the eighth.

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