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Suns use five-run eighth to scare Intimidators

August 19, 2011

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns used a five-run eighth inning, keyed by Adrian Sanchez’s two-run single, on Friday for a 6-1 victory over Kannapolis.

The Suns, winners of seven of their last eight games, moved within one game of the Intimidators for first place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division.

With the game tied at 1, the Suns rallied against Kannapolis reliever Jake Wilson.

Justino Cuevas led off with a double and Michael Taylor singled and stole second, setting up Blake Kelso for the go-ahead single.

After Kelso stole second, Sanchez followed with a single to give the Suns a 4-1 lead.

Kevin Keyes finished the rally with a two-run homer to center.

Kannapolis took a 1-0 lead in the first on Dan Black’s RBI single off starter A.J. Cole.

Cole held the Intimidators to the one run through five innings.

The Suns tied the game on David Freitas’ double play in the sixth.

Ryan Demmin relieved Cole, picking up the victory by going four innings and allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two.

The two teams have split the first two games of the critical four-game series.

The Suns were four games out of the lead and tied for third place a week ago, but went on a seven-game winning streak to get back in the race for the second-half title.

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