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Suns power up for split with Drive

July 13, 2010

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Greenville Drive shut out the Hagerstown Suns 4-0 in a game suspended after three innings by rain Sunday, before the Suns won a seven-inning 5-4 decision behind three home runs Monday afternoon in the South Atlantic League.

In the completion of the suspended game, Greenville (13-6 second half) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth against Suns pitcher Luis Garcia (1-2) when Reymond Bermudez hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on Michael Almanzar's double.

Greenville scored three runs in the seventh against Shane Erb. Almanzar and Christian Vazquez led off with singles and moved up on a sacrifice bunt before Jeremy Hazelbaker hit an RBI single. Vazquez and Hazelbaker each scored on catcher Sandy Leon's errant pickoff throw.

Pete Ruiz, Chris Court (3-0) and Dennis Neuman combined on the seven-hit shutout.

Ruiz allowed three hits with five strikeouts in three innings Sunday. Court allowed three hits in four innings and Neuman allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in the final two frames.

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In the regularly scheduled game, the Suns (7-12) never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead in the first on Jeff Kobernus' double and Justin Bloxom's ninth homer of the season.

Hagerstown made it 3-0 in the second on Marcus Jones' third homer of the year. Greenville cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second on Daniel Butler's triple and Michael Almanzar's sacrifice fly.

The Suns added two runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. J.P. Ramirez singled before Adrian Nieto left the yard for his first homer of the season.

Greenville scored two in the fifth on singles by Almanzar, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Frias and Michael Thomas to cut the lead to 5-3. The Drive cut the lead to one on Frias' solo homer with one out in the seventh, but Suns reliever Rob Wort retired the last two hitters for his seventh save.

Josh Smoker (2-9) got the win for the Suns, going five innings and allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Kendal Volz (5-3) took the loss for Greenville, allowing eight hits -- including all three homers -- in five innings while striking out four.

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