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Suns crack BlueClaws

May 25, 2007

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Chris Marrero and Leonard Davis hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning and Francisco Guzman drove in three runs Thursday as the Hagerstown Suns defeated Lakewood, 8-6.

The victory gave the Suns (20-27) a 5-4 record on the road trip.

Hagerstown's pitching was able to handle the bat of Ryan Howard - Philadelphia's first baseman and the reigning National League MVP - holding him to 0-for-3 in his second day of his rehabilitation assignment.

Marrero hit his 11th homer followed by Davis' seventh to lead off the sixth inning and give the Suns a 5-2 lead.

Suns starter Don Levinski (1-1) went five innings, yielding three hits and five walks, while striking out two to earn his first win.

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Greg Bunn pitched three innings of scoreless relief as the Suns built an 8-2 lead. Bunn capped his outing by forcing Howard to hit into a double play to end the seventh.

Reliever Josh Wilkie allowed four runs in the ninth to allow the BlueClaws to tighten the final outcome.

Guzman gave the Suns a 2-0 lead in the second with a two-run single and added an RBI hit in the eighth to help pad the lead.

Joe Napoli had three hits while Justin Maxwell, Marrerro, Davis and Guzman finished with two hits each.

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