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Suns rally to complete sweep of Braves

April 11, 2011

ROME, Ga. — Hagerstown manager Brian Daubach has said the Suns are more than just Bryce Harper.

On Sunday, they proved it.

Hagerstown scored four runs in the ninth inning, capped by Mills Rogers’ two-run single, on Sunday to rally for a 7-6 victory over the Rome Braves to sweep the season-opening series.

 The Suns (4-0) batted around in the ninth against Rome reliever Wesley Alsup (0-1) to erase a 6-3 deficit. It all began with a leadoff walk.

Sean Nicol drew the base on balls, but was erased on Michael Taylor’s fielder’s choice grounder. Blake Kelso followed with a single and Jason Martinson drew a walk to load the bases with one out.

Harper grounded an RBI single into center to bring home the first run. The Washington Nationals’ prized draft pick finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .267 for the season with three RBIs, but no home runs.

Hagerstown drew within one run when Alsup hit Randolph Oduber with a pitch with the bases loaded. Rogers completed the rally with a two-run single to center.

Sam Brown, Hagerstown’s fourth pitcher, set the Braves (0-4) down in order in the ninth for his first save.

Rome took a 1-0 lead in the fourth off Hagerstown starter Bobby Hansen when Edward Salcedo hit a two-out double, stole third and scored on David Rohm’s single. Rohm went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Braves.

Hagerstown took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth off Rome starter Ronan Pacheco. Nicol reached first with two outs on first baseman Barrett Kleinknecht’s error and scored on Taylor’s triple to left. Kelso followed with a single to score Taylor for the lead.

Rome tied the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Kleinknecht.

The Braves roughed up Suns reliever Matt Swynenberg with two-run rallies in the sixth and seventh innings. Keenan Wiley hit a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth to give Rome the lead. Rohm delivered a two-run double with two outs in the seventh.

The Suns scored a run in the top of the seventh when Taylor scored on a wild pitch.

Chad Jenkins (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of one hit relief.

The Suns finished with 10 hits, led by Kelso with three, while Harper and Rogers added two each.

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