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Suns pull away from Shorebirds late

June 25, 2012

SALISBURY, Md. — The Hagerstown Suns took the lead for good in the sixth inning, then pulled away from the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-3 in a South Atlantic League game Monday night.

The Suns (45-29, 3-2) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Shorebirds starter Parker Bridwell. Brian Goodwin led off the game with a double and scored on Cutter Dykstra’s ground-rule double.

Delmarva (28-45, 0-4) struck back for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first against Hagerstown starter Christopher McKenzie. Brenden Webb and Nick Delmonico hit one-out singles before Connor Narron’s two-run triple to deep center with two outs.

Cole Leonida’s fourth home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs in the second inning, pulled the Suns into a 2-2 tie.

The Shorebirds took a 3-2 lead in the third on Webb’s leadoff home run to center, his seventh on the season.

Hagerstown tied it at 3 in the fifth. Bryce Ortega led off with a single, Goodwin walked and Caleb Ramsey hit a one-out RBI single before a double play ended the threat.

The Suns took a 4-3 lead in the sixth when Justin Miller led off with a double, went to third on a groundout and scored on Leonida’s sacrifice fly.

Hagerstown made it 6-3 in the eighth against reliever Devin Jones. Miller led off with a single and Brett Newsome reached on a throwing error. Miller scored on Leonida’s fielder’s choice grounder to third, with catcher Gabriel Lino dropping the throw at home for another error. Newsome scored when Bryce Ortega’s groundout deflected off Jones toward short.

The Suns closed out their scoring in the ninth when Ramsey led off with a triple to right and scored on Matthew Skole’s sacrifice fly for a 7-3 lead.

McKenzie went four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two.

Ben Hawkins (3-0) got the win in relief with three hitless innings, walking two and striking out five.

Josh Smoker worked the final two innings for his first save, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.

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