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Power turns switch to zap Suns in ninth

April 18, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Hagerstown Suns are far from impressed.

West Virginia's Carlos Corporan blasted a three-run home run with one out in the ninth inning Sunday to lift the Power to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Hagerstown and a split in the four-game series.

The Power's heroic flair took a page out of the Suns' book. Hagerstown scored three runs with two outs in the ninth on Saturday to pull out a 6-4 victory.

In much the same fashion, the Power looked dormant through the first half of the game as they were held hitless through the first five innings by Suns starter Gabriel Hernandez. Michael Devaney came on in relief and kept the no-hitter going into the seventh to protect the Suns' 2-0 lead.

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Devaney got the first out in the ninth before allowing singles to Alcides Escobar and Will Lewis and being lifted for Carlos Muniz. Corporan, the only batter Muniz faced, launched the winning homer.

The loss was the Suns' second of the season, dropping them to 9-2. They are 7-0 at home and now 2-2 on the road.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the second as Tyler Davis doubled against Charleston starter Mark Rogers to drive home Derran Watts. Davis eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Hernandez, who was lifted after five because of a strict pitch count, struck out seven and walked two in his third start of the season.

Josh Wahpepah (1-1) earned the win in relief for the Power.

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