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Suns slam door shut on Braves

April 27, 2012

ROME, Ga. — The Hagerstown Suns stunned the Rome Braves with six runs in the ninth inning — highlighted by Justin Miller’s grand slam — to break a 3-3 tie and score a 9-3 victory in Friday night’s South Atlantic League game.

Braves reliever Jean Carlos Gil (0-2) — who pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh before allowing a run in the eighth — walked the first two Suns hitters in the ninth and Burns singled to load the bases. Clint Wright relieved Gil and hit Jason Martinson with a pitch to break the tie. Matthew Skole then hit a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.

With two outs, J.P. Ramirez was hit by a pitch  to reload the bases, and Miller unloaded them with a blast to left to give Hagerstown reliever Aaron Barrett (2-0) the win.

The Suns (11-9) opened the game with a two-run first inning off Braves starter David Filak. An error and a walk set the stage for Skole’s RBI groundout and Steven Souza’s RBI double.

Rome (5-16) cut the lead in half in the second against Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull. Elmer Reyes hit a one-out double, went to third on Felix Marte’s single and scored when Cory Brownsten’s grounder to short was mishandled.

Turnbull allowed five hits in five innings, while Filak allowed just two hits in his five innings to keep the Braves close.

Rome tied the game at 2 in the sixth off Suns reliever Christian Meza on back-to-back triples by Edison Sanchez and Jakob Dalfonso with one out.

The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the seventh against Suns reliever Alex Kreis. Logan Robbins hit a one-out bunt single, stole second and scored on Brandon Drury’s two-out RBI single.

Hagerstown retied the game at 3 in the eighth against Gil. Souza led off with a double, went to third on Ramirez’s flyout and scored on Miller’s fielder’s choice grounder to third.

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