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Suns doused again

July 07, 2005

SALISBURY, Md. - When things go bad, no one can control what happens.

Hagerstown Suns pitcher Rafael Cova allowed only one hit in 2 2/3 innings, but coughed up five runs as he allowed three walks, hit two batters and threw four wild pitches on the way to an 8-7 loss to Delmarva on Wednesday night.

The loss dropped the Suns (3-10) further into the cellar in the North Division of the South Atlantic League.

Cova hit Delmarva's leadoff batter and proceeded to issue two walks and throw two wild pitches as the Shorebirds took a 4-1 lead in the opening inning.

Hagerstown managed to outhit Delmarva 11-8 as Corey Coles, Carlos Gomez and Jesus Flores each contributed three hits.

Flores drove in four runs with singles in the first and third and a two-run double in the ninth inning when the Suns scored three times.

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With Flores on second as the potential tying run and one out, Mike Carp struck out and Ambiorix Concepcion flied out.

The Suns' Gomez was on base five times as he walked twice, and also scored three runs.

Cova's record dropped to 4-4.

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