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Shorebirds rule Suns' roost with help of five costly errors

April 24, 2005

So much for the Municipal Stadium mojo.

The Hagerstown Suns were undefeated through seven games to start the 75th anniversary season at the old ball yard. On Saturday, Delmarva blew out the Suns' candle.

The Shorebirds took advantage of five Suns'errors in the final three innings to score 10 runs (five unearned) to take a 12-6 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The nightcap was in progress at press time.

With the loss, the Suns fell into a first-place tie with Delmarva in the South Atlantic League's North Division, sharing an 11-4 record. Hagerstown won all seven games in its first homestand, but has gone 4-4 since then.

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The Suns led 3-0 after the first inning on the strength of Wilson Batista's leadoff home run, followed three batters later by Mike Carp's two-run blast to right, his sixth home run of the season.

Josh McCurdy, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, put the Shorebirds back in the game with a two-run homer off Suns starter Matt Durkin in the second.

Hagerstown held on to the lead until the defense fell apart in the final three innings.

Delmarva took a 5-3 lead in the fifth after an error gave Quincy Ascencion a chance to loft a fly down the left-field line into the soggy outfield. Jesus Gamero moved over to make the play, but slipped as the ball blew back into fair territory for a two-run double and a 4-3 lead.

Juan Gutierrez followed with an RBI double for the two-run lead. Matt Houston had an RBI single in the sixth, when the Suns committed three errors, to build a 6-3 lead.

The Suns came back with two runs in the sixth on Ryan Coultas' run-scoring single and a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Gamero.

Delmarva scored six runs in the seventh, aided by Grant Psomas' second error of the game, capped by a two-run double by Houston and a two-run homer by Pat Maestrales.

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