Shorebirds rally, turn back Suns with 10th inning homer

April 16, 2002

SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva came back from a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to tie the game and win in in the 10th on Ruben Francisco's two-run homer to right field Monday to wrestle away a 9-7 victory.

The loss was Hagerstown's third straight after winning five in a row. The streak puts the Suns at 6-6 for the season.

The Shorebirds roughed up closer Alberto Montes (0-1), who allowed all four runs in his stint. He committed an error with bases loaded and one out in the ninth to allow Delmarva to move within a run.

The Suns held leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 7-4 until Montes' error and a fielder's choice brought home the tying runs.


In the 10th, Adam Manley led off with a single and scored on Francisco's one-out home run. Both Manley and Francisco entered the game as pinch hitters earlier.

Bryan Bass had a triple and two RBI in going 3-for-5 for the Shorebirds. David Farren (1-0) picked up the win, pitching just two-thirds of an inning.

Derin McMains led Hagerstownwith three hits, including a double, a triple and three RBI.

Hagerstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, keyed by McMains' RBI triple and Julio Cordido's groundout in the first and Tyler Von Schell's fourth homer of the season to lead off the second.

After Bryan Bass' RBI triple keyed Delmarva's two-run fourth, the Suns took a 6-2 lead in the fourth on McMains' RBI double and Cordido's run-scoring single followed by Woody Cliffords dropping a Von Schell flyball.

McMains finished his night with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 7-4 lead.

Francisco led off with a pinch-hit double in the seventh and scored on a Bass single in the seventh to make it 7-5.

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