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Suns get last laugh in ninth

July 02, 2010

LAKEWOOD, N.J. -- This time, it was Hagerstown's turn.

The Suns scored two runs in the ninth on Thursday to pull out a 6-4 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws. Lakewood had scored runs in the ninth inning in the previous two games to defeat Hagerstown.

The Suns (3-5, 39-39) got the go-ahead runs on Brett Newsome's two-run double.

Lakewood reliever Jordan Ellis hit Justin Bloxom with a pitch to start the ninth before Destin Hood reached safely with one out on third baseman Adam Buschini's fielding error. Newsome followed with a liner to left to drive in the winning runs.

Suns reliever Patrick Arnold (2-2) set down the BlueClaws in the ninth for the win. Arnold, the Suns' third pitcher, went two hitless innings, while walking three and striking out three.

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Each team scored in the first inning until Lakewood broke the tie with a run in the sixth. The Suns countered with three in the seventh for a 4-2 lead, but failed to hold the advantage when the BlueClaws scored two in their half of the seventh.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first as Jeff Kobernus led off with a single and scored on a throwing error by Jonathan Singleton.

Lakewood tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Jonathan Villar led off with a triple against Suns starter Graham Hicks and scored on Leandro Castro's grounder.

The Suns got three runs in the seventh, highlighted by an RBI single by Bloxom and a run-scoring double by Hood.

Hagerstown finished with nine hits, led by Kobernus with three and Bloxom and Hood with two each.

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