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Suns come from nothing to get it all

July 11, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Hagerstown Suns have become very fashionable in victory.

They have a habit of showing up late.

The Suns continued their trend of scoring in the last three innings on Wednesday, this time coming back from a 3-0 deficit to pull out a 4-3 victory over Greensboro.

It was Hagerstown’s seventh straight victory and put the Suns (56-33, 14-6) in a tie with Hickory for first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half standings.

But it didn’t happen without heroics.

Greensboro starter Charlie Lowell pitched a no-hitter for six innings before the Suns broke through for their first hits and three runs in the seventh to tie the game.

Stephen Souza Jr. broke the no-hitter with an infield single to open the seventh to continue his reign as SAL Player of the Week. Souza was named the league’s top player for the week of July 2-8 for going 9-for-27 — all extra-base hits, including five home runs — with 12 RBIs.

Justin Miller brought Souza home from first with a double to right center to end Lowell’s night and put the Suns on the scoreboard.

Reliever Brad Mency came on and walked Brett Newsome. Miller took third on pinch hitter Caleb Ramsey’s fly to center and scored on Sam Palace’s groundout. Newsome scored to tie the game at 3-3 on Bryce Ortega’s single.

The Suns scored the winning run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Miller.

Colin Bates won the game in relief of starter Kylin Turnbull. Aaron Barrett pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Greensboro scored a run in the second on a Ryan Goetz groundout. The Grasshoppers went up 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Rand Smith and Goetz’s sacrifice fly.

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