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Crawdads rally past Suns in 6th

June 02, 2009

HICKORY, N.C. -- Looking for the series win on the road against the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday, the Hagerstown Suns got five strong innings from starter Jack McGeary, but watched their 3-2 lead disappear in a three-run Hickory sixth.

McGeary allowed just two earned runs and left the game in line to pick up his first victory of the season, but the Crawdads tagged Hagerstown reliever Justin Phillabaum (0-2) for four runs over the next 1 2/3 innings en route to a 6-3 victory.

With the loss, the Suns settled for a split of the four-game series and fell to seven games behind first-place Lakewood in the South Atlantic League Northern Division, with 21 games left to play in the first half of the season.

The Suns (23-26) took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third on Derek Norris' 12th home run of the season -- a two-out, three-run shot to right-center field off Hickory starter Joseph Wieland.

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Yoon-Hee Nam (5-1) relieved Wieland in the fourth and pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks, to pick up the win.

Matt Nevarez, Hickory's fourth pitcher of the game, retired the Suns in order in the ninth for his sixth save of the year.

Michael Bianucci had a home run and three RBIs for the Crawdads (26-25).

Norris had the only multi-hit game for Hagerstown, collecting two of his team's seven hits.

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