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Castro's homer in 14th ends suspense for Suns

June 02, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- Leandro Castro led off the bottom of the 14th inning with a line-drive home run to center field to give the Lakewood BlueClaws an 8-7 win over the Hagerstown Suns in the completion of a suspended game Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.

The game was halted by rain in the bottom of the fifth inning last Thursday in Lakewood, N.J., with the Suns holding a 5-3 lead. When it resumed in Hagerstown prior to Tuesday's regularly scheduled game, the BlueClaws wasted no time tying the score against Glenn Gibson, who took the mound in place of Daniel Rosenbaum for the Suns.

Adam Buschini walked and scored on Castro's triple to left. Jonathan Singleton drew a walk before Jeremy Barnes drove in Castro on a soft fly ball to center to even the score at 5.

It stayed tied until the ninth, when the Suns grabbed a 7-5 lead on solo home runs by J.P. Ramirez and J.R. Higley. But Lakewood again tied it in the bottom of the ninth.

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Alan Schoenberger led off with a triple to right off reliever Rob Wort and scored on a groundout. With two outs, Castro singled to left and scored on Singleton's double to center to force extra innings.

Lakewood nearly ended the game in the 12th when Sebastian Valle reached on an error. With two outs, Valle tried to score from first on Domingo Santana's double to left, but he was cut down at the plate by shortstop Steven Souza.

The regularly scheduled game, which was to be a seven-inning game, was still in progress when The Herald-Mail went to press.

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