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Suns' rally in ninth falls short

June 06, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns left the tying run on second base in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds.

The Suns (30-28) again failed to put together back-to-back wins as they lost for the ninth time in 13 games. They last won consecutive games on May 23 and 24.

Hagerstown trailed 4-2 going into the ninth, but J.R. Higley and Brett Newsome hit back-to-back doubles to cut the deficit to one.

Delmarva closer Josh Dowdy struck out Sandy Leon, then walked pinch hitter Steven Souza to put runners on first and second. But Dowdy got Jeff Kobernus looking to end the game and earn his seventh save.

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The Suns got on the board first in the third inning. Shorebirds catcher Jason Stifler's throw went into left field when he tried to catch Leon stealing third. Leon came home to give the Suns a 1-0 lead.

Delmarva countered in the bottom of the fourth when Kieron Pope hit a solo homer off Suns starter Dan Rosenbaum (1-3) and started a see-saw battle.

The Suns took back the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Kobernus off Delmarva starter Kenny Moreland (1-2).

In the bottom of the fifth, Delmarva's Brian Conley hit a two-run double for a 3-2 lead.

Steven Bumbry gave Delmarva an insurance run in the eighth with a solo homer to right field off reliever Kyle Morrison.

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