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Herr's hit cools Suns, Miranda

August 11, 2002

Someone lit a fire under Miguel Miranda.

The Hagerstown Suns shortstop continued to sizzle on Saturday night ... until Macon's Aaron Herr became the squirt gun to put out the flame.

Herr connected on a two-run single in the eighth inning to help the Braves erase a three-run deficit and put a damper on a crowd 3,098 fireworks worshippers for a 6-5 victory, ruining another big night by Miranda.

Hagerstown's bullpen failed to preserve a 5-2 lead as Brian Burres (4-8) relieved starter Anthony Pannone and allowed a two-run home run to Gregor Blanco in the seventh and loaded the bases in the eighth before giving way to Julio Pavon.

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Herr greeted Pavon with a two-run single to put Macon ahead.

Miranda continued his hot streak with two hits and three RBI to help the Suns establish the 5-2 lead.

Miranda provided Hagerstown (19-30) with a 2-1 lead in the second as Julian Benavidez and Robbie Meyer led off the inning with singles before Justin Knoedler was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Miranda battled to get his hit, fouling off five pitches with two strikes before stroking the two-single.

Macon tied the game in the top of the sixth on a Jose Salas groundout.

The Suns regained the lead in the bottom on the sixth, with Miranda again taking a starring role. Von Schell and Benavidez again led off with singles before Knonedler drove in a run with an infield single. Miranda followed with an RBI single to center that got past Carlos Duran for an error that allowed Knoedler to score from first for the 5-2 lead.

Miranda, who was inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the homestand, is now hitting .579 (11-for-19) with nine RBI in the six-game stretch.

Pannone lasted six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while walking six and striking out six.

Rick Reeder contributed to this story.

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