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Suns cut Power, take over 1st place

August 02, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bryce Ortega went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs and Matthew Skole hit his South Atlantic League-leading 24th home run in the Hagerstown Suns’ come-from-behind 9-7 victory over the West Virginia Power on Thursday night.

With the victory, the Suns (65-45, 23-18) took over sole position of first place in the Northern Division second-half standings. West Virginia, Hickory and Lakewood are each one game back.

After the Power scored two in the first inning and four in the second, roughing up Hagerstown starter Taylor Hill for a 6-2 lead, the Suns rallied for five runs in the top of the third for a 7-6 advantage.

Caleb Ramsey and Ortega started the third-inning rally with back-to-back singles. After Skole walked to load the bases, Ramsey scored on Justin Miller’s sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-3. Adrian Nieto then reached on an error as Ortega scored to make it 6-4. Brett Newsome and J.R. Higley followed with RBI singles to tie the game. After Hendry Jimenez walked to load the bases, Ramsey drew a walk to make it 7-6.

After West Virginia scored a run in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 7-7, Skole led off the fourth with a solo shot to right to give the Suns the lead for good at 8-7.

Hagerstown, which outhit the Power 12-7, got its final run in the fifth. Angelberth Montilla doubled and scored on a single by Ortega.

Ramsey and Nieto each had two hits for the Suns, while Skole finished with two RBIs.

Christian Meza (7-1) pitched 3 1/3 scorless innings of relief for the victory, allowing a walk and no hits. Greg Holt shut the Power down the final three innings for his third save, allowing no hits, walks or runs while striking out three.

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