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Niese blanks Legends

July 20, 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hit shutout and Fernando Martinez came off the disabled list to go 3-for-4 with a home run as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Lexington Legends 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Niese walked two and struck out nine, improving to 9-6.

Martinez's three-run homer in the top of the third inning broke a scoreless tie, giving the Suns the lead for good.

Hagerstown had a four-run fifth inning, getting an RBI single from Will Vogl and capitalizing on three Lexington errors, to take a 7-0 lead.

Jonel Pacheco drove in the Suns' final two runs with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.

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