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Braves waste no time, rip Suns in first

August 15, 2008

ROME, Ga. - The Rome Braves decided to make an early evening of it.

Rome scored six runs in the first inning and stood pat, shutting down the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday for a 6-1 victory.

The first six batters to face Hagerstown starter Tom Milone reached base and all scored as the Braves batted around in the first.

Rome used five hits, two Hagerstown errors and a sacrifice fly to produce all the runs.

Carlos Lee led off the game with a triple to right and scored when Chad Lundahl reached on a throwing error by Hagerstown shortstop Jose Lozada.

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The rally continued with singles by Jason Howard and Freddie Freeman, which drove in two runs with the help of a fielding error by center fielder Valerio Heredia. Doubles by Cody Johnson and Benji Johnson made it 5-0.

Michael Fisher completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

The Suns got a run back in the fourth when Tim Pahuta doubled and scored on Mark Gildea's single.

Milone pitched four innings for the Suns, allowing the six runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out three.

Yelier Castro pitched five innings for the win for Rome.

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