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Suns fall a little short at Lakewood

June 03, 2008

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Lakewood BlueClaws edged the Hagerstown Suns 8-7 on Monday night.

Lakewood (32-25) twice overcame three-run deficits, as they trailed 3-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the fourth.

The BlueClaws rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth off Suns starter Cole Kimball (1-2) to take the lead for good at 7-5.

Hagerstown (27-29) cut it to 7-6 in the sixth on Stephen King's RBI single.

After Taylor's solo homer gave Lakewood an 8-6 lead, the Suns made it a one-run game again in the eighth. Tim Pahuta hit a two-out double and scored on a single by Sean Rooney.

But the Suns went down in order after that. Moises Melendez struck out Mark Gildea to end the eighth, and Jared Simon pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

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Hagerstown went up 3-0 in the first on RBI singles by Aaron Seuss and King and an RBI groundout by Michael Burgess.

After the BlueClaws answered with single runs in the first and third, the Suns extended their lead to 5-2 in the fourth on an RBI double by Pahuta and an RBI groundout by Sean Rooney.

But Hagerstown failed to keep the rally going. With runners on first and third with two outs, Valerio Heredia was picked off first.

King finished with three hits and two RBIs and Rooney had two hits and two RBIs for the Suns.

Zack Sterner (3-0), Lakewood's second of four pitchers on the night, allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief to pick up the win.

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