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Suns' 4-run rally, relief nets rewards

April 16, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Suns used a four-run fourth inning and 4 2/3 innings of hitless relief pitching to take a 4-2 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws on Thursday and close a season-opening eight-game homestand at Municipal Stadium on a positive note.

Hagerstown (3-5) erased a 2-0 deficit with a four-run rally in the fourth. Steven Souza led off with a double and scored when Justin Bloxom reached on a two-base error. Destin Hood hit an RBI double and Adrian Nieto singled before Marcus Jones hit a two-run double.

From there, relievers Glenn Gibson, Patrick Arnold and Dean Weaver kept Lakewood at bay. Gibson (1-0) got the win, allowing three walks but no hits or runs in two innings. Arnold pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings, and Weaver got his first save with a hitless ninth, inducing a double play to erase a hit batter.

Lakewood (4-4) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Darin Ruf led off with a double and scored on Kyle Lafrenz's single. Lafrenz trid to make it 2-0 later in the inning on Jonathan Villar's single, but was out at the plate as Suns right fielder Jones hit first baseman Bloxom, who threw home.

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The BlueClaws took a 2-0 lead in the fourth, as Stephen Batts singled and Alan Schoenberger doubled him in.

Suns starter Trevor Holder lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five.

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