Suns strike late to topple Braves

May 05, 2010

ROME, Ga. -- The Hagerstown Suns saved the best for last.

The Suns scored four times in the eighth innng and six more in the ninth on Tuesday to come from behind for an 11-5 victory over the Rome Braves. It was Hagerstown's seventh victory in eight games.

Sean Nicol drove in four runs for Hagerstown, while Justin Bloxom had two hits and three RBIs.

The Suns (15-10) broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth against Rome reliever Corey Rasmus (1-1) with the help of three critical Braves errors.

Eury Perez led off with a bunt single and took third on an errant pickoff throw by catcher Braeden Schlehuber. Nicol hit a sacrifice fly to score Perez and reached safely when left fielder Jordan Schafer dropped the ball.


Steven Souza followed with an RBI triple and Bloxom added a run-scoring double. Bloxom stole third and scored on another throwing error by Schlehuber for the 4-1 lead.

Rome got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth, but the Suns sealed the game in the ninth.

Nicol ripped a two-run double with the bases loaded off Thomas Berryhill. Bloxom followed with a two-run triple and scored on Destin Hood's RBI single.

Rome scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Patrick Arnold.

Mitchell Clegg (3-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Paul Demny. Demny allowed a run on two hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Clegg went 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Souza had two hits and three RBIs and Francisco Soriano and Hood added two hits each for the Suns.

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