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Suns lose close one

May 03, 2003

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Pinch hitter Ryan Coshen drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Lexington Legends to a 2-1 win over the Hagerstown Suns on Friday in the South Atlantic League.

Justin Humphries led off the Lexington eighth with a single to center field off Suns reliever Scott Munter (1-2). Wilner Alvarez came on to run for Humphries and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.

Suns manager Mike Ramsey brought in left-hander Jason Waddell to face the left-handed hitting Dustin Hawkins, but Lexington manager Russ Nixon countered by sending Coshen, a righty, to bat for Hawkins.

The move paid off when Coshen singled up the middle to score Alvarez.

Hagerstown had a chance in the top of the ninth with Derin McMains at second and Fred Lewis at third with one out, but the Suns weren't able to tie the score.

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The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the seventh when Pat Peavey connected for a solo home run off Munter.

Hagerstown tied it in the top of the eighth. Carlos Sosa walked, stole second and scored on Randy Walter's base hit off the left-field wall. Walter was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Jailen Peguero (1-3) went eight-plus innings for the Legends to get the win.

Matt Cain pitched five scoreless innings for the Suns, striking out five and walking one.

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