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Suns march to different beat with Souza

May 05, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Steven Souza drove in three runs to support a seven-inning outing by starting pitcher Alex Meyer on Saturday to lead the Hagerstown Suns to a 4-1 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets.

They were the first runs driven in by Souza, who launched a pair of solo home runs, against any team besides Rome.

The win was the fourth straight for Hagerstown (16-11), but the Suns remain in third place in the South Atlantic League’s North Division.

Meyer (2-3) held down the GreenJackets, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in his longest start of the season.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead against Augusta starter Bryce Bandilla in the fourth.

Jason Martinson led off with a single and Matt Skole walked before both runners advanced on Adrian Nieto’s grounder.

Souza followed with a run-scoring groundout and J.P. Ramirez added an RBI single to put the Suns on the board.

Augusta got a run back in the fifth as Michael Mergenthaler led off with a double and scored on Charles Jones’ one-out single.

Souza homered in the sixth and eighth innings — his fourth and fifth since joining the Suns on April 23 — to close the scoring.

Todd Simko pitched the eighth and Aaron Barrett finished the game for the save.

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