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Braves get to Selik, but not to Suns

April 30, 2011

ROME, Ga. — The Hagerstown Suns found out Cameron Selik wasn’t perfect.

Near perfect was good enough on Saturday.

Selik allowed his first run of the season, but the Suns found different ways to pick their ace up for a 4-2 victory over the Rome Braves.

Bryce Harper hit his sixth home run to give the Suns the lead and Jason Martinson added some daring base running to put Hagerstown ahead for good.

Selik (3-0), who entered the game with a 0.00 ERA, gave up his first run — earned or unearned — with two outs in the fourth inning to end a run of 26 2/3 scoreless innings.

Christian Bethancourt singled on a ball that popped out of a diving Harper’s glove in center field. He advanced on a single by Jakob Dalfonso and stole third.

With two outs, Robby Heffinger singled to right to score Bethancourt before Taylor gunned down Dalfonso at the plate for the final out as the Braves tied the game at 1-1.

The Suns (14-9) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on Martinson’s RBI single.

Harper unloaded his home run with a blast to right in the sixth off losing pitcher Steve Kent (1-3).

Martinson led off the seventh with a triple and scored on a wild pitch as he tried to steal home for a 3-1 Suns lead.

Doubles by Blake Kelso and David Freitas produced the Suns’ last run in the eighth.

Sam Brown pitched three innings for the save. Selik went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits as his ERA jumped to 0.31.

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