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Suns roast Braves with a Smoker

July 19, 2010

The Hagerstown Suns scored five runs in the third inning Sunday to give starting pitcher Josh Smoker all the support he would need in a 7-2 victory over the Rome Braves at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (10-14 South Atlantic League second half) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Jeff Kobernus hit a leadoff single and stole second, and Braves starter Robinson Lopez (3-6) walked Francisco Soriano and hit Stephen King with a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Destin Hood hit a one-out sacrifice fly to score Kobernus, but Lopez escaped the inning without further damage.

Lopez wasn't so fortunate in the third, after hitting King with a pitch for the second time to lead off the frame. Justin Bloxom singled and Hood hit an RBI double before Brett Newsome followed with a two-run single. Eury Perez and Kobernus added RBI singles before Lopez got the hook after 2 2/3 innings trailing 6-0.

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Rome (12-12) got on the board in the fourth against Smoker (3-9) on Matthew Weaver's leadoff home run.

Hagerstown answered in the seventh as Newsome doubled and later scored on Adrian Nieto's sacrifice fly for a 7-1 lead.

The Braves scored their final run in the ninth on an error and Philip Gosselin's RBI double.

Smoker worked six innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out six.

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