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Suns run Kannapolis out of town

August 23, 2003

The Hagerstown Suns defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators, 5-3 Friday night, splitting the four-game series.

Carlos Sosa's ninth home run of the season, a first-inning, two-run shot off Kannapolis starter Nik Lubisich (2-2), scored A.J. LaBarbera, who earlier singled, and gave the Suns a 2-0 lead.

Kannapolis cut the lead in half in the third when Andy Gonzalez doubled in Bo Ivy, who earlier singled to center and stole second.

The Suns took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half, with Kevin Kelly singling to left to score LaBarbera, who had doubled.

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Hagerstown added two insurance runs in the eighth when Carlos Sosa walked and Kevin Kelly hit his fifth homer of the season.

Kannapolis scored twice in the ninth against Suns reliever Scott Munter and had the tying runs in scoring position with two outs, but Gonzalez grounded out to first to end the threat and preserve the win.

The Suns remain 3 1/2 games behind Lexington (69-59, 37-23) in the wild card race. Hagerstown (64-61, 29-29) is 2 1/2 games ahead of Greensboro (62-65, 26-32).

Merkin Valdez, who earlier in the day was named the South Atlantic League player of the week, picked up his eighth win to improve to 8-5.

The Suns close out their final homestand with three games against the Lakewood BlueClaws this weekend, including a doubleheader tonight.

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