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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.

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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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