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Freitas, Taylor go deep in Suns' win

McKenzie sharp for six innings

Lane hits two HRs for Legends

July 16, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. — David Freitas and Michael Taylor hit home runs to back a strong start by Christopher McKenzie, and the Hagerstown Suns snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League on Saturday.

The Suns (13-9) remained 1 1/2 games behind Hickory in the race for the Northern Division’s second-half title.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Adrian Sanchez hit a one-out single to center and raced to third on an error by Legends center fielder Jay Austin. Sanchez scored on Freitas’ groundout to short.

Freitas’ solo home run with two outs in the third doubled Hagerstown’s lead. It was Freitas’ 10th four-bagger of the season.

McKenzie (3-3) — who entered the game with an ERA higher than 10 — held Lexington (8-15) scoreless on one hit and one walk through five innings before Bryce Lane finally got the Legends on the board with a leadoff home run in the sixth to cut the lead to 2-1. McKenzie retired the next three hitters to bring his outing to a successful end.

Hagerstown increased its lead to 4-1 in the seventh. After a leadoff single by Mills Rogers, Taylor hit his ninth home run of the season.

Lane went deep again in the eighth, another solo shot with two outs against Suns reliever Sam Brown that cut the lead to 4-2.

Brown worked the final three innings, allowing three hits.

The Suns and Legends will continue their three-game series this evening with the second game at 5:05 p.m.

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