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Suns stay hot, keep 'Claws cool

May 27, 2012

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns wrapped up a highly successful six-game series at Lakewood with Sunday’s 7-6 victory over the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League

The Suns (29-20), who won five of six in the series, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Brian Goodwin hit a leadoff double and later scored on a wild pitch.

The BlueClaws (19-30) answered in the bottom half when Aaron Altherr doubled and scored on right fielder Caleb Ramsey’s error to tie the game at 1.

Hagerstown took a 3-1 lead in the second. Adrian Nieto led off with a double and scored after singles by Ramsey and Justin Miller. Goodwin’s sacrifice fly scored Ramsey.

Lakewood cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second on Brian Pointer’s seventh home run of the season, then tied the game at 3 in the third on Kelly Dugan’s fourth homer.

The Suns took the lead for the third time with a four-run fifth. Steven Souza delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded triple to score three runs, and Nieto’s sacrifice fly scored Souza.

The BlueClaws cut the lead in half, 7-5, on a two-run double by Harold Martinez in the bottom of the fifth. Then in the eighth, Lakewood cut it to 7-6 with the help of an error by Suns shortstop Jason Martinson, as Maikel Franco came around to score on a walk, Bob Stumpo’s single and a double-play grounder.

Aaron Barrett got his fifth save with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, striking out the final two BlueClaws.

Brian Dupra (3-4) got the win for the Suns, allowing five runs — two earned — on five hits with four strikeouts. Christian Meza allowed two hits, a walk and one unearned run in three innings of relief with two strikeouts.

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