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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.

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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.

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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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