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Hagerstown native Binford helps Legends finish sweep of Suns

June 02, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Lexington Legends broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth inning and completed a four-game sweep of the Hagerstown Suns with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon in the South Atlantic League.

The Suns (30-23) remained a game ahead of Hickory and West Virginia in the race for the Northern Division’s first-half title and the playoff berth that comes with it. The Crawdads and Power also lost Sunday.

Hagerstown native Christian Binford, a Mercersburg Academy graduate, made the start for Lexington (30-27) and worked 4 2/3 solid innings in a no-decision. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five.

The Legends got to Suns reliever Jason Smith (0-1) in the eighth. Smith walked Terrance Gore to start the inning, and Gore took second on a sacrifice bunt. Bubba Starling ripped an RBI triple to center for a 3-2 lead, and Fred Ford followed with an RBI double to left to make it 4-2 and end Smith’s outing.

Cody Davis relieved Smith and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ford to take third, before Michael Antonio hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 5-2.

The Suns put two runners on base in the ninth with one out on a fielding error and Tony Renda’s single, but Legends reliever Daniel Hernandez struck out the final two hitters for his fifth save.

Suns starter Ivan Pineyro struck out 10 in just 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the third. Wilmer Difo hit a one-out double to left, stole third and scored on Renda’s fielder’s choice grounder.

Lexington tied the game in the fourth when Ford hit a leadoff triple to center and scored on Antonio’s RBI single.

The Legends grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Mark Donato’s solo home run, his third of the year.

The Suns tied the game at 2 in the sixth on Brandon Miller’s leadoff homer to left, his 11th this season.

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