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Captains outrank Suns

April 29, 2005

EASTLAKE, Ohio - The Hagerstown Suns experienced a new kind of streak on Thursday.

Of the losing variety.

Lake County scored four runs in the first inning and made them stand up for a 4-3 victory to send Hagerstown on its first two-game skid of the season.

The Suns, who started the sesaon with seven straight home wins, are 5-5 on the road while holding a 10-1 record at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (15-6) still maintain a half-game lead over Lexington in the South Atlantic League's North Division.

Chris Gimenez hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Gabriel Hernandez to cap the four-run rally.

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It was all the support Lake County starter Aaron Laffey, a graduate of Allegany High, needed for the victory.

Laffey, who entered the game with a 0.60 ERA, got his first win by pitching six innings, while allowing two runs on three hits.

Laffey's only mistake came in the sixth inning when he allowed Grant Psomas a two-run home run.

The Captains got to Hernandez in the first as Mike Butia hit an RBI single before Gimenez's drive to left.

Psomas' fifth homer cut the deficit to 4-2. Ambiorx Concepcion led off the ninth inning with a home run to bring the Suns to within one.

Hernandez held Lake County to two hits after the first inning while Chuck Smith and Matt Durkin combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

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