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Cats' offense lights up Suns

May 08, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston Alley Cats rallied for six runs in the bottom of third inning and beat the Hagerstown Suns 9-2 on Friday, snapping the Suns' season-best win streak at three games.

Leading 1-0 with two outs and the bases empty in the third, the Alley Cats broke the game open with seven straight hits off Jesse Floyd (1-2), who gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings in his first start of the season. The big blow was Mike Galloway's three-run homer to center field, which gave Charleston a 4-0 lead.

Three batters later, Eric Arnold cracked a two-run double to left-center and eventually scored on a throwing error.

Charleston (21-7) scored two more runs in the sixth off reliever Shawn Martin to extend its lead to 9-0.

Hagerstown (11-15) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

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In the seventh, Mike Wagner reached base on a fielder's choice and came home on Dayton Buller's RBI double to right field to make it 9-1.

In the eighth, Jesse Schmidt led off with a double to left, went to third on a single by Derek Barrows and scored when Nate Schierholtz grounded into a double play.

Charleston starter Justin James (2-1) went 6 2/3 innings for the win, allowing one run on fives hits and two walks and striking out five.

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