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Columbus leads Suns to victory

May 30, 2004

Jason Columbus, who moved into the starting lineup because of an injury to first baseman Travis Ishikawa, drove in two runs with two hits to fuel the Suns' fifth win in six games, a 4-2 decision over Kannapolis on Saturday.

The win moved the Suns out of last place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, one-half game ahead of Delmarva and 9 1/2 games behind first-place Charleston.

Columbus drove in runs in the first and third innings to stake Hagerstown starter Kelyn Acosta (3-4) to an early 2-1 lead en route to his third straight win.

The Suns (22-27) jumped on Kannapolis starter Rafael Flores (2-4) in the first as Jay Knowlton led off the game by reaching on an error and moving to third on Derek Barrows' sacrifice bunt before Columbus doubled him home.

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The Intimidators (23-26) tied the score with the help of an unearned run in the third.

Columbus got the run back in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single to score Knowlton, who walked and took second on Schierholtz's single.

The Suns jumped out to a 4-2 lead as Tim Hutting drove in a run with a single to chase Flores. Hutting eventually scored when Barrows singled off reliever Frazier Dizard.

Suns closer Tim Alvarez collected his 11th save.

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