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Durant comes out hungry like wolf vs. Suns

August 10, 2008

Michael Durant didn't beat the Hagerstown Suns single-handedly.

But he could have.

The Lakewood first baseman accounted for three hits and seven RBIs - including a three-run homer and two two-run doubles - to lift the BlueClaws to an 11-5 victory over the Hagerstown Suns on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

The loss was Hagerstown's fifth straight, including the first three of the homestand with Lakewood.

Durant's homer gave Lakewood a 4-0 lead after three innings. His first double helped Lakewood take a 7-0 lead after five innings before the final hit pushed the BlueClaws to a 9-4 advantage in the sixth.

Hagerstown starter Brad Meyers (8-6) lasted four innings before four relievers closed the game.

The Suns attempted to come back with four runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded triple by Jose Lozada and RBI single by Tim Pahuta.

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Lakewood pitcher Julian Sampson pitched six innings for the win, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out two.

Lakewood added a two-run homer by Dominic Brown in the seventh.

The Suns added a run in the ninth when Jake Rogers reached on an error to score Stephen King.

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