Suns hold off Shorebirds

August 18, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns rallied for a pair of five-run leads and held on for an 8-6 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Tuesday night.

It was the third straight win for Hagerstown (57-64, 21-30 second half).

The Suns rallied for five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead. A three-run triple by Sandy Leon was sandwiched by RBI singles by Brett Newsome and Justino Cuevas.

After the Shorebirds cut their deficit to 5-3 in the fifth, the Suns upped their lead to 7-3 in the sixth on a two-out, two-run single by Rick Hague.

Hagerstown made it 8-3 in the seventh on back-to-back, one-out doubles by Newsome and Stephen King.

The Shorebirds rallied for three runs in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-6. Garabez Rosa hit a two-run homer off Suns starter Evan Bronson, and Gary Helmick hit a solo shot off reliever Shane McCatty.


Bronson (3-2) got the win, allowing five runs (two earned) and six hits. He walked none and struck out one.

After McCatty's 1 2/3 innings of work, Josh Smoker pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the year.

Delmarva starter Brent Allar (2-3) took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks.

Destin Hood had three of Hagerstown's 12 hits, including a double, and scored two runs. J.P. Ramirez, Newsome and Cuevas each had two hits for the Suns.

Michael Planeta and Rosa each had two of the Shorebirds' eight hits.

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