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Meaux gets another save, this time against Suns

August 03, 2002

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Ryan Meaux got his first work since being traded by the San Francisco Giants, shutting down his former teammates for 1 1/3 innings Friday to help Kannapolis to a 5-3 win over the Hagerstown Suns.

Meaux was dealt to the Chicago White Sox orginatation on Sunday with former Suns pitcher Felix Diaz for Kenny Lofton. The closer, an All-Star with 17 saves while in Hagerstown, traveled on the Suns' team bus to Kannapolis for the four-game series.

Hagerstown (15-26, 49-62) battled back from a 5-1 deficit to close to within two runs in the eighth. Justin Knoedler walked, advanced when Derin McMains got a free pass, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Julian Benavidez's two-out RBI single.

Meaux came on to extinguish the rally in the eighth and set the Suns down in order in the ninth for his 18th save to preserve the win for Ryan Wing (9-5).

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The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Knoedler.

But Kannapolis bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the inning off starter Todd Uzzell (2-4) on a wild pitch and Jeremy Reed's two-run home run.

Mike Morse and Gustavo Molina each hit RBI triples in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

The Suns got a run back in the sixth when Knoedler and Bryan Carter singled to set up Branden Florence's sacrifice fly.

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