Suns go 12 innings to win fourth straight

April 19, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- Sandy Leon's two-run single in the top of the 12th inning helped the Hagerstown Suns to their fourth straight win Sunday, a 9-7 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds.

The win pulls the Suns (6-5) even with the Shorebirds atop the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. Hagerstown will try to complete a sweep of the four-game series tonight at Delmarva.

With the score tied at 6, Steven Souza led off the Hagerstown 12th with a base hit to left off reliever James Brandhorst (0-1) and took second on a walk to Justin Bloxom.

Brandhorst struck out Destin Hood looking before surrendering an RBI single to J.P. Ramirez, giving the Suns a 7-6 lead. Bloxom went from first to third on the hit, and Ramirez moved to second on the throw from the outfield.


After Marcus Jones went down swinging, Leon hit a liner to right that plated Bloxom and Ramirez.

Shane Erb (1-1) pitched two innings to get the win, giving up a run and two hits in the bottom of the 12th.

The Suns scored four run in the top of the first, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles from Souza and Bloxom.

That gave Hagerstown started Daniel Rosenbaum plenty of cushion to work with. Rosenbaum went six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight.

But he didn't figure in the decision after the Shorebirds got into the Suns' bullpen, scoring two runs in the seventh and eighth innings and saddling Dean Weaver with a blown save with the tying run in the ninth.

Hood went 4-for-6 for Hagerstown, which had 15 hits. Souza, Bloxom, Ramirez and Leon each had two hits. Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the eighth, his second of the season.

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