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Suns shine late to rally past 'Birds

June 08, 2004

SALISBURY, Md. - The Hagerstown Suns bucked a trend and came up a winner.The Suns, who were 2-24 when trailing after seven innings, scored three runs to go ahead in the eighth and an insurance run in the ninth Monday for a 6-3 victory over Delmarva.

Mike Wagner hit a bases-loaded, two-run double off Delmarva reliever Jeff Montani with one out in the eighth and later scored on a wild pitch to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead.

Jon Coutlangus capped the comeback in the ninth with his first home run of the season, a solo shot.

The win was Hagerstown's sixth in seven games against Delmarva. The Suns (26-30) moved into sixth place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, one-half game ahead of the Shorebirds.

The win came on the heels of the announcement that Kelyn Acosta, who was Hagerstown's opening day starter, is out for the season. He will undergo "Tommy John" surgery on his pitching elbow later this week.

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Delmarva jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first off spot starter Travis Nesmith. The first four Shorebirds reached base, capped by Cory Harris' bases-loaded single. Nick Markakis grounded out to score the second run.

The Suns tied the game in the third on Delmarva starter Fredy Deza as Coutlangus singled and stole second before scoring on Travis Ishikawa's single. Ishikawa scored on a double by Nate Schierholtz.

Delmarva regained the lead in the seventh as Jared Rine drew a one-out walk off reliever Joe Bateman and eventually scored on Travis Brown's single.

Bateman (6-1) went three innings for the win. Tim Alvarez pitched a perfect ninth inning for his league-leading 14th save.

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