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BlueClaws edge Suns, 3-2

August 19, 2009

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- Lakewood won the fifth-inning battle with Hagerstown on Wednesday night as the BlueClaws beat the Suns 3-2 in the first game of the three-game series.

After Hagerstown (16-33 second half) scored two runs in the top of the fifth, Lakewood (25-24) answered with three in the bottom half off Suns reliever Patrick Arnold (3-3).

With two outs and a runner on third, Travis d'Arnaud hit an RBI double and Jim Murphy followed with an RBI triple to tie the game at 2. Jeremy Hamilton then doubled to plate Murphy for what proved to be the winning run.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead against Lakewood starter Jesus Sanchez (9-6). With two outs, Nick Arata and Valerio Heredia each singled and Chris Curran walked to load the bases. Steve Lombardozzi followed with a two-run single to left field.

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Hagerstown threatened again in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with two outs. But Nick Arata struck out swinging against reliever Eryk McConnell.

Arata finished 3-for-4, while Lombardozzi went 2-for-4 for the Suns, who had eight hits.

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