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Shorebirds get first win over Suns

July 10, 2003

SALISBURY, Md. - One thing changed, another stayed the same for the Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday.

Hagerstown continued to have trouble hitting in key situations, which was enough to help Delmarva score a 4-2 victory, the Shorebirds' first in nine tries against the Suns.

The Suns (44-41, 9-9) had opportunities to break a 2-2 tie with two runners on in the fifth and seventh innings, but failed on both tries. Hagerstown also has runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but Carlos Sosa hit a short fly to center to end the threat and the game.

Instead, Delmarva broke the tie in the seventh with the help of the Suns. Reliever Erick Threets, who dominated the sixth inning, gave up a leadoff single to Gregg Davies in the seventh followed by a pair of walks to load the bases.

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Threets (1-2) got Rafeal Diaz to ground to first - leading to a force out of Davies at the plate - and Levi Robertson to strikeout to nearly escape the jam. But Gera Alvarez drew a five-pitch walk to bring home the go-ahead run.

Randy Ruiz hit Troy Ransom's first pitch in the eighth inning for a home run to give the Shorebirds the two-run lead.

Delmarva took a 1-0 lead off starter Brad Hennessey in the first on Ruiz's fielder's choice grounder.

Hagerstown grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Jake Wald doubled, Sosa walked and Brian Buscher singled to load the bases. Steve Holm followed with a two-run single for the lead.

Neal Stephenson tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff home run to right field.

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