HAGERSTOWN — Brett Newsome was 4-for-5 with a home run and three doubles, Steven Souza Jr. was 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs, and the Hagerstown Suns won their fourth straight over the Lexington Legends, 9-6, in a South Atlantic League game Saturday night.
Hagerstown (53-33, 11-6) can sweep the five-game series with a win over Lexington (43-43, 4-13) on Sunday afternoon at 1. The Suns remain two games behind Hickory in the Northern Division.
The Suns opened the scoring with a three-run second inning against Lexington starter Luis Ordosgoitti. Matthew Skole hit a leadoff single before Souza ripped his 14th home run of the season to center for a 2-0 lead. With one out, Newsome doubled, Jeremy Mayo walked, Hendry Jimenez singled to load the bases and Brian Goodwin’s sacrifice fly scored Newsome to make it 3-0.
The Legends took a 4-3 lead in the third off Hagerstown starter Taylor Hill (9-4). Chan Moon, Delino DeShields Jr. and Nolan Fontana each singled to load the bases with no outs. Matt Duffy ripped a one-out three-run double and Justin Gominsky singled home Duffy.
The Suns bounced back with two runs in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Newsome hit a one-out double and scored on Mayo’s double. Mayo took third on Jimenez’s groundout and scored on Billy Burns’ single.
Lakewood tied it at 5 in the fifth. Fontana led off with a double, went to third on Duffy’s single and scored on Gominsky’s groundout.
Hagerstown took a 6-5 lead in the bottom half against reliever Nathan Pettus (1-5).
Souza drew a one-out walk and scored on Newsome’s two-out double.
Newsome hit his ninth homer of the season with one out in the seventh off reliever Mitchell Lambson to give the Suns a 7-5 lead.
The Legends cut the lead to 7-6 off reliever Ben Hawkins in the eighth. Gominsky led off with a single, went to second on Ruben Sosa’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Jordan Scott’s two-out single.
Hagerstown padded its lead to 9-6 with two runs in the bottom half. Bruns reached on a one-out fielding error, Cutter Dykstra singled and Skole walked to load the bases before Souza drilled a two-run double.
Hill got the win, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out five. Hawkins allowed one run on three hits in three innings, and Aaron Barrett got his 14th save with a hitless ninth.