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Pena, Suns apply brakes to the Drive

July 21, 2008

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Hassan Pena pitched six scoreless innings and the Hagerstown Suns pounded out 12 hits to provide the run support in a 4-1 victory over the Greenville Drive on Sunday afternoon in the first game of a four-game South Atlantic League series.

Pena allowed four hits and struck out three without a walk for the Suns (14-16), who scored a run in the second, fourth, eighth and ninth innings.

Singles by Jesus Flores and Michael Burgess, and an error by Greenville left fielder David Marks, set up Stephen King's RBI groundout for a 1-0 Suns lead in the second.

Valdez homered leading off the fourth to make it 2-0.

Greenville (13-17) made it 2-1 when Oscar Tejeda hit an RBI double off Suns reliever Chris Lugo in the seventh.

Jose Lozada and Tim Pahuta singled and Valdez walked to load the bases with no outs in the eighth, but the Suns got just one run on Michael Burgess' sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.

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Mark Gildea hit a ground-rule double with one out in the ninth and scored on Lozada's two-out single to cap the scoring for Hagerstown.

Jamie Lehman pitched a perfect eighth and Dan Leatherman earned the save with a scoreless ninth for the Suns.

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