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GreenJackets hand Suns seventh straight loss

August 15, 2009

Hagerstown scored two runs in the first inning and another two in the ninth, but the Augusta GreenJackets scored five in between to beat the Suns 5-4 on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium.

It was the Suns' seventh straight loss overall and eighth straight loss at home. In 20 home games since the All-Star break, the last-place Suns are 3-17.

Josh Mazzola had two of Augusta's six hits, including a solo home run, while teammate Juan Perez drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run double.

Hagerstown (15-31 second half) took a 2-0 lead in the first, as Derek Norris hit an RBI single and eventually scored on a passed ball.

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The GreenJackets (29-19) got a run back in the second and then took the lead for good with a three-run fourth against Suns starter A.J. Morris (0-2). They added a run in the sixth against reliever Chris Lugo to make it a 5-2 game.

The Suns scored two in the ninth against Chris Wilson, Augusta's third pitcher of the game.

Nick Arata hit a one-out double, Valerio Heredia followed with walk and Arata scored as Chris Curran reached on a throwing error by Wilson.

Steve Lombardozzi then greeted new pitcher Edwin Quirarte with an RBI single to make it a one-run game, but Curran was thrown at third on the play. After Norris was intentionally walked, Tyler Moore grounded into forceout to end the game.

Lombardozzi and Arata each had two of the Suns' nine hits.

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