HICKORY, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns ran out of spare innings to use.
After playing extra innings in four of the previous five games, the Suns scored early and turned the game over to the pitching staff Tuesday to scratch out a 3-2 victory over the Hickory Crawdads.
Blake Eager (3-0) got a 3-0 lead in the second inning and held Hickory on two runs and two hits with the help of Mike Devaney and Carlos Muniz. Eager went six innings while Muniz piched the ninth for his eighth save.
Hagerstown (22-10) won its fourth straight game to maintain first place in the South Atlantic League North Division. The Suns lead Lexington by 1 1/2 games.