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Suns rally to scatter Shorebirds

July 12, 2003

SALISBURY, Md. - The Hagerstown Suns not only put a new twist on an old adage, they tacked on an addition.

For the Suns, if first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.

After wasting four prime scoring opportunities in early innings, Hagerstown waited until the last minute and scored four runs in the ninth inning Friday to pull out a 4-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds.

The Suns (46-41, 11-9) defeated the Shorebirds for the 11th time in 12 games by using Kevin Kelly's two-run, game-tying single and Brian Munhall's two-run, game-winning ground rule double off Delmarva closer Jeff Montani to steal the victory.

The Suns squandered doubles in the second, third and fourth innings and had two runners on with one out in the seventh, but failed to find the clutch hit in each situation.

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Suns' starter Merkin Valdez lasted four shutout innings on his 60-pitch limit. He will be heading to Chicago to play in Sunday's Futures Game.

Kelly grounded his bases-loaded single up the middle past shortstop Levi Robinson to tie the game. Munhall followed with a double down the right-field line.

Matt Palmer came on in the ninth to earn his 20th save and preserve the win for Scott Munter (3-3).

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