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Suns drop seventh straight

August 31, 2011

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Joey Wong hit a bases-loaded chopper down the first-base line in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Asheville Tourists to a 6-5 win over the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday.

The Suns’ seventh straight loss officially eliminated them from contention for the second-half title in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Divison.

In the 11th, Suns reliever Sam Brown walked Corey Dickerson and Dustin Garneau with one out, then hit Mark Tracy with a full-count pitch to load the bases and set up Wong for the winning hit.

The Suns (31-33 second half, 71-63 overall) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on  Randolph Oduber’s three-run homer to left, scoring David Freitas and Kevin Keyes.

Asheville (36-29, 67-67) got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson, then took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on Rafael Ortega’s two-run blast.

The score remained the same until the Suns tied it in the top of the eighth. Kelso hit a one-out double to center and moved to third on a passed ball. With two outs, Freitas reached on an error by right fielder Kyle Parker, allowing Kelso to score the tying run.

Freitas gave the Suns a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th, but Chandler Laurent answered with a solo shot to start the bottom of the inning.

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