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Liriano, Alexander do the job

Hagerstown wins road finale, returns home at .500 mark

Hagerstown wins road finale, returns home at .500 mark

June 12, 2002

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Francisco Liriano pitched eight innings of one-hit baseball while Kevin Alexander came to the offensive rescue again Tuesday to lift the Hagerstown Suns to a 1-0 win over the Charleston RiverDogs.

Liriano had his finest game of the season, allowing only a sixth-inning double to George Maduro in his longest outing.

Alexander, who won Monday's 3-2 game with a two-run home run in the ninth inning, laced a double in the sixth off Scott Flynn to score Bryan Carter from first. Carter led off the inning with a single.

The victory moved the Suns back to the .500 level at 33-33 as they finished their eight-game Southern swing with a 5-3 mark.

Liriano allowed only two RiverDogs into scoring position. He struck out eight, including six straight from the last out in the first until two were down in the third. Charleston only managed three walks.

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The Suns threatened to blow the game open in the ninth by loading the bases with one out, but Flynn coaxed Julian Benavidez to ground into a double play to snuff the rally.

Ryan Meaux pitched the ninth for the Suns, allowing a hit and a runner to second, but worked out of the dilemma for his 13th save.

Flynn (2-3) pitched the complete-game loss, allowing the one run on six hits while walking three and striking out eight.

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