Leonard too much for Suns

July 16, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- Joe Leonard had three hits and five RBIs to lead the Rome Braves to a 9-6 victory over the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday at Municipal Stadium.

Leonard hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Hagerstown starter Paul Demny for a 4-0 lead and capped the night with a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Kyle Morrison to make it 8-5.

Hagerstown (8-13, 44-47) came back to take a 5-4 lead with a four-run third inning. The Suns got a run in the first on a Justin Bloxom single before rallying in the third, highlighted by a two-run single by Brett Newsome and an RBI single by J.P. Ramirez.

Rome (11-10, 41-49) took a 6-5 lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg off reliever Patrick Arnold.


The Suns got their last run in the seventh when Stephen King scored on a wild pitch.

Hagerstown finished with 14 hits, all singles.

Rome (5-6) starter Brett DeVall got the win, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits. He struck out 11. Jeff Lorick picked up his third save.

Demny (6-3) took the loss, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings on six hits and two walks.

The Washington Nationals and the Suns announced that pitcher Scott Olsen will pitch in Hagerstown on Saturday in a rehabilitation start.

Olsen, who was 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in eight starts for the Nationals before landing on the disabled list in late May, is scheduled to start the 7:05 p.m. game against the Rome Braves.

BUSTED: Suns infielder Steven Souza and outfielder J.R. Higley were suspended 50 games each Thursday after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The 21-year-old Souza was a third-round draft pick in 2007 and was hitting .231 with 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. The 22-year-old Higley was hitting .233 with two homers and 16 RBIs.

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