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Time running out for sliding Suns

August 26, 2011

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns continued their late-season swoon Friday, managing just five hits in a 7-1 loss to the Asheville Tourists.

The Suns (31-29 second half, 71-59 overall) have lost six of their last eight games and remain four games behind Kannapolis and Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with nine games left to play in the regular season.

Tyler Matzek (4-4) allowed just two hits in seven innings while striking out 13 for Asheville. He struck out at least two Hagerstown hitters in five of his seven innings.

Hagerstown held the lead briefly in the top of the third inning as Michael Taylor drew a two-out walk and scored on Randolph Oduber’s single.

The Tourists (32-29, 63-67) took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Rafael Ortega reached on a one-out single and stole second. Ortega scored on a Cristhian Adames base hit and Adames took second on the throw to the plate. Adames put Asheville in front 2-1 when he scored on a bloop single by Corey Dickerson.

Adames made it 3-1 on an inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Mark Tracy blasted a solo homer in the sixth and the Tourists added three runs in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Chris McKenzie (4-6) took the loss for the Suns, allowing seven hits and three runs in five innings.

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