Ash's blast in seventh sinks Suns

June 05, 2005

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jonny Ash hit a solo home run in the seventh inning Saturday to lift the Lexington Legends to a 4-3 victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

The Suns used a three-run seventh against reliever Paul Estrada to get back in the game after managing just one hit against Lexington starter Troy Patton (4-0).

Ash's home run was the only hit allowed by Suns reliever Chuck Bowman, in relief of Gabriel Hernandez.

The win moves Lexington within one game of the Suns (35-21) for first place in the South Atlantic League's North Division. Each team has 14 games remaining in the half, including six against each other.

Lexington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Hunter Pence's 20th home run of the season.

The Legends moved to a 3-0 lead after five innings on Ben Zobrist's RBI grounder.

Hagerstown took advantage of Patton's exit to get back in the game in the seventh. The left-hander ran his string of scoreless innings to 17 and has held Hagerstown off the scoreboard for 12 innings in two appearances.


The Suns loaded the bases against Estrada when Ambiorix Concepcion reached on a wild pitch on a strikeout, Mike Carp was hit by a pitch and Grant Psomas walked.

Derran Watts hit a two-run single to left with Psomas taking third. When the throw got past third baseman Bryan Tripplett, Psomas scored.

Concepcion kept the Suns within a run heading into the ninth by throwing out Pence on a play at the plate.

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