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Kearns helps Suns hold off Shorebirds

June 28, 2008

While he was in town, Austin Kearns decided to at least lend a helping hand.

Kearns completed the last of a two-day rehabilitation stint with Hagerstown with an RBI single and three walks on Friday as the Suns held off Delmarva 7-6.

Kearns is working his way back to the Washington Nationals lineup after undergoing elbow surgery to remove bone chips. He will now play a few games for Triple-A Columbus before rejoining the Nats next weekend.

Kearns' single in the fifth inning ignited a four-run rally for the Suns to take a 6-1 lead.

Hagerstown added a run in the sixth, but was forced to weather a five-run seventh by the Shorebirds to notch the victory.

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Sean Rooney and Aaron Seuss had two hits each to pace the Suns. Brad Meyers went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, to get the victory. Edulin Abreu pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to earn his fifth save.

After Kearns' single drove home Valerio Heredia, the Suns used two hit batters and two walks to score the three runs.

The Suns scored single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.

Delmarva scored its five runs with the help of doubles by Matt Angle, Tyler Henson and Joe Nowicki to get to within one run of the win.

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