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Suns nip Captains

April 17, 2006

EASTLAKE, Ohio -Drew Butera blooped a single to right to drive in two runs in the sixth inning Sunday and lead the Hagerstown Suns to a 3-2 win over the Lake County Captains.

Butera's hit broke a 1-1 tie to give Hagerstown (5-6) its fifth win in the last seven games.

Butera also drove in a run in the fourth on a fielder's choice grounder. His two-run single made a loser of Captains starter Kevin Dixon (0-1).

The Captains (6-5) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Marshall Szabo in the second inning for the only run allowed by Suns starter Jonathan Niese. Niese (2-0) worked five innings, scattering six hits, while walking two and striking out six.

After the Captains pulled to within 3-2 in the seventh, German Marte came on and retired the final seven batters to earn his first save.

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The Suns are off today before hosting West Virginia on Tuesday in the start of a four-game series and an eight-game homestand.

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