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Braves keep win just out of Suns' reach

August 12, 2008

ROME, Ga. - The Hagerstown Suns realized that when in Rome, do as the Braves do.

They just couldn't keep it up.

The Suns battle back from a 5-0 deficit after one inning by scoring five runs of their own in the third to tie the game. That was as far as it went though, as Rome pulled away with two runs in the fourth en route to a 9-6 win.

The loss was Hagerstown's sixth straight and eighth in the last nine games.

Rome broke a 6-6 tie in the fourth on a bases-loaded, double play grounder by Jason Heyward and RBI double by Frederick Freeman.

Hagerstown starter Terrence Engles was touched for eight runs in his four innings of work, but was victimized in the first inning when Rome scored their five runs with the help of three Suns' errors.

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Hagerstown tied the game in the third, highlighted by Jose Lozada's two-run home run and two-run single by Garrett Bass.

The Suns retied the game at 6 in the fourth inning Sean Rooney's RBI groundout.

Rome starter Chad Rodgers lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs. Matt Timm collected the victory with 2 1/3 innings of relief while Thomas Palica, the Braves' fourth pitcher, worked 1 1/3 innings to earn his seveth save.

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