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Suns' late homers are key in win

May 12, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Justin Miller’s two-out home run off Jason Chowning in the eighth inning gave the Hagerstown Suns the lead, and Matthew Skole’s home run in the ninth doubled it as the Suns defeated the Lexington Legends 7-5 on Saturday in the South Atlantic League.

Miller’s second home run of the season gave Hagerstown (18-15) the lead back after the Suns let an early 3-0 advantage get away. Skole provided an insurance run off Chowning (1-2).

Hagerstown started fast against Lexington starter Luis Ordosgoitti in the first inning. Cutter Dykstra led off with a double, Billy Burns singled, Dykstra scored on Jason Martinson’s groundout and J.P. Ramirez and Brett Newsome hit two-out RBI doubles for the 3-0 lead.

The Legends (17-18) responded with a three-run third off Suns starter Taylor Hill, who walked leadoff hitter Brandon Meredith. Three straight singles by Roberto Pena, Chan Moon and Delino DeShields Jr. cut the lead to 3-2 before Zachary Johnson drove in Moon with a groundout.

Lexington took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Mike Kvasnicka’s one-out home run, his third of the season.

The Legends doubled their lead in the fifth with two outs when Jordan Scott doubled and scored on Johnson’s single.

Hagerstown tied the game at 5 with a two-run sixth, started by leadoff walks to Cole Leonida and Miller. Dykstra singled in Leonida, and Miller scored on a double-play grounder.

Christopher McKenzie (1-1) got the win with three perfect innings in relief. McKenzie struck out three. Bobby Lucas got the save, striking out the side in the ninth.

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