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Suns enter break with a road win

June 28, 2004

EASTLAKE, Ohio - Hagerstown Suns first baseman Jason Ishikawa broke a 5-5 tie with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning and the Suns went on to beat the Lake County Captains 9-5 in their final game before the South Atlantic League's three-day all-star break.

Suns starter Ben Thurmond (2-2) allowed five runs, only one earned, on six hits and three walks and struck out three in seven innings.

Trailing 4-0, Hagerstown (30-43, 2-4) rallied for five runs in the fourth against Captains starter Scott Roehl, who took a no-hitter into the inning.

Johany Abreu led off with a single, took third on Ishikawa's single and scored on Jesse Schmidt's single. Jason Columbus followed with a single to plate Ishikawa and Patrick Dobson doubled for the Suns' fifth straight hit, driving home Schmidt to cut their deficit to 4-3. Columbus crossed the plate to tie the game on Jonathan Armitage's sacrifice fly to center, before Brent Swanson capped the rally with an RBI double to center.

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After Matt Whitney's RBI single tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Ishikawa put the Suns back on top with a one-out solo shot to left off Captains reliever Nelson Hiraldo.

The Suns extended their lead to 7-5 in the eighth on Derek Barrows' sacrifice fly and 9-5 in the ninth as Armitage hit a sacrifice fly and Columbus scored from third on a wild pitch by Adam Hanson, the Captains' fourth pitcher.

Columbus had three of Hagerstown's 11 hits.

Joe Bateman and Tim Alvarez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Suns.

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