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Keyes to Suns' success

Clutch hit lifts Hagerstown over Delmarva

July 31, 2011

SALISBURY, Md. — Kevin Keyes hit a two-out, two-run, tie-breaking double in the top of the seventh inning, and the Hagerstown Suns held on to defeat the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-1 on Sunday for their second straight victory.

The Suns, who improved their second-half record to 18-17, snapped a four-game losing streak late Saturday night, defeating Delmarva 8-6 in 10 innings.

On Sunday, Hagerstown starter Matt Swynenberg (4-1) went six innings for the victory. He allowed one unearned run, six hits and a walk while striking out two and hitting a batter.

Shane McCatty then pitched three perfect innings for his first save of the season, retiring all nine of the batters he faced.

The Shorebirds (14-22) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Adam Gaylord.

The Suns tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth as Brett Newsome hit a one-out, solo homer to left off reliever Tim Adleman. It was Newsome’s fifth homer of the year.

Hagerstown took the lead in the seventh against Adleman (5-6). Blake Kelso doubled and David Freitas walked to put runners on first and second for Keyes, who drove them both home with a line-drive double to left.

Keyes and Michael Taylor each finished with two of Hagerstown’s eight hits.

Gaylord finished with two of Delmarva’s six hits.

Shorebirds starter Matt Bywater pitched five shutout innings, despite allowing three hits and five walks.

The Suns left 10 runners on base in the game and were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The Suns begin a four-game series at Hickory tonight, before returning for a four-game homestand against Greensboro, beginning Friday at Municipal Stadium.

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