HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns continued to swing potent bats on Thursday.
The Suns opened the game with four runs in the first inning and put it away with four in the seventh to claim a 13-11 win over Delmarva for their fifth-straight victory.
Cutter Dykstra and Jason Martinson drove in three runs each as Hagerstown (22-15) tightened its hold on second place in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division but remain six games behind division-leading Greensboro.
Dykstra tied the game at 1-1 in the first with a leadoff home run off of Delmarva starter Zach Davies.
The Suns added three runs on run-scoring singles by Adrian Nieto and Brett Newsome and an RBI groundout by Caleb Ramsey.
The game because a slugfest as the Shorebirds tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the fourth and at 10-10 in the fifth.
The Suns took the lead for good in the seventh, starting with a bases-loaded single by Dykstra. Martinson brought in the final two runs with a two-run triple.
Hagerstown starter Brian Dupra lasted three innings, allowing four runs on four hits.
Greg Holt, the third of four Suns pitchers, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief while Todd Simko pitched the last two innings for his first save.
Ramsey had four hits while Dykstra finished with three.