LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Hagerstown Suns went down swinging on Thursday.
But in the end, they still went down.
Hagerstown tried to rally in the ninth but fell a run short, 2-1 to the Lakewood BlueClaws to tarnish a creditable start by starter Osvaldo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez allowed a run on six hits in six innings and left trailing 1-0, but the Suns failed to get enough offense to help him.
Instead, Lakewood scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings and made them stand out for the victory.
Hagerstown pushed Lakewood closer Jaren Simon to the limit, scratching out a run in the ninth, but ran out of outs.