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Santana smooth as double in 8th stops Suns

June 12, 2011

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Domingo Santana’s second double of the game scored Michael Dabbs with the winning run in the eighth inning, and the Lakewood BlueClaws beat the Hagerstown Suns 5-4 on Sunday in the South Atlantic League.

Hagerstown (37-25) is two games ahead of Greensboro (35-27) and Hickory (35-27) in the Northern Division.

Both the Suns and Blueclaws scored a run in the first inning. Bryce Harper drew a two-out walk and came around on David Freitas’ RBI double for Hagerstown. Jim Murphy’s RBI single tied the game in the bottom half for Lakewood.

Hagerstown took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Harper was hit by a pitch leading off and took second on Freitas’ single. Randolph Oduber walked to load the bases and Harper scored on Jason Martinson’s sacrifice fly to center, before BlueClaws starter David Buchanan (8-3) got out of the jam with two strikeouts.

Lakewood (30-32) answered right back, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth against Suns starter Robbie Ray. Travis Mattair hit a one-out single, Santana walked and Cameron Rupp hit a two-run double to left.

Freitas’ solo home run leading off the sixth briefly pulled the Suns into a 3-3 tie, but the BlueClaws snapped it with a run in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Paul Applebee (5-2). Santana hit a one-out double, took third on a flyout to left and scored on Edgar Duran’s two-out single.

Hagerstown made it 4-4 in the seventh. Sean Nicol led off with a double to right and scored on Michael Taylor’s single. Taylor reached third with one out but a groundout and flyout left him stranded.

Lakewood regained the lead 5-4 in the eighth. Michael Dabbs led off with a double to center, leading to Applebee being relieved by Neil Holland. Santana ripped a one-out RBI double to left for the winning run.

The Suns threatened in the ninth against reliever Juan Sosa, who got his sixth save. Brett Newsome led off with a single and was pulled for pinch runner Mills Rogers, who was awarded second on a balk. But Nicol popped out on a bunt attempt, Taylor struck out, and after Blake Kelso was hit by a pitch, Adrian Sanchez grounded out to second.

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