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Suns' three 2-run innings lead to a victory

May 14, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tim Pahuta's two-run home run in the first inning got Hagerstown off to a good start, and the Suns went on to a 6-5 victory over the Lexington Legends on Tuesday.

Brandon Whiting walked leading off the first against Lexington starter Leandro Cespedes. With two outs, Pahtua drove a fastball out to right for a 2-0 lead.

The Legends cut the lead to one in the bottom half on a walk, single and sacrifice fly, then took a 3-2 lead in the third inning against Suns starter Bradley Meyers. Steve Brown singled, Craig Corrado drove him in with a double, and Corrado scored on Max Sapp's single.

Hagerstown came right back to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth on singles by Stephen King, Jake Smolinski and Whiting.

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Lexington tied the game at 4 in the fifth as Matthew Cusick doubled and scored on Corrado's single.

The Suns took the lead for good in the seventh. Pahuta doubled, Michael Burgess was intentionally walked with two outs, Smolinski worked a walk to load the bases and Aaron Seuss' single scored Pahuta and Burgess for a 6-4 lead.

The Legends cut the lead to 6-5 with doubles by Joe Melton and Eric Taylor in the eighth, but Suns reliever Martin Beno got the last four outs to preserve the Suns' victory and earn the save.

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