Rogers lifts Suns to win over 'Birds

August 21, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Hagerstown Suns had a successful night of hunting on Friday.

Destin Hood scored the winning run on Mills Rogers' bases-loaded groundout to drive in his third run of the game in the 13th inning to lead the Suns to a 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Hagerstown spotted Delmarva a 3-0 lead through three innings and came back to tie the game in the ninth before scratching out the win in the 13th.

But the comeback didn't come without some controversy or drama.

Hood started the Suns' 13th with a single to center off Delmarva reliever T.R. Keating. He advanced to second when Brett Newsome was awarded first base on a catcher's interference call.


Delmarva manager Ryan Minor was ejected arguing the call. It was the third straight game of ejections in the series. Suns third baseman Stephen King and manager Matt LeCroy were tossed with two outs in the seventh inning of the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

King had bobbled a grounder with two outs but apparently recovered in time to get the putout at first to end the game. The runner was called safe, causing the argument and the ejections. The Shorebirds completed the two-out rally for a 4-3 win.

King was also ejected in the nightcap.

On Friday, after Sandy Leon struck out, Justino Cuevas reached on Garabez Rosa's error to load the bases and set up Rogers' RBI grounder.

Shane Erb came on to pitch the 13th to earn the save for reliever Ben Graham. Graham (3-1), the fourth of the Suns' five pitchers, allowed one hit over four innings, but walked four and struck out two.

Delmarva took a three-run lead early against Suns starter Paul Applebee.

The Shorebirds got two runs in the first on an RBI triple by Kieron Pope, followed by a run-scoring single by Michael Flacco.

Delmarva made it 3-0 in the third on another RBI single by Flacco.

The Suns got a run back in the seventh off Delmava starter Nick Haughian. Cuevas drew a two-out walk, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Rogers' single to left.

Hagertown tied the game in the ninth on Rogers first home run of the season and an RBI triple with two outs by Rick Hague.

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