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Bad start sinks Suns in loss to Drive

June 22, 2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville scored seven runs in the first two innings and snapped Hagerstown’s five-game winning streak as the Drive shut out the Suns 8-0 on Saturday night.

A third-strike wild pitch by Suns starter Pedro Encarnacion and two errors by the Suns (40-30, 2-1) led to three Greenville runs in the first inning. Drew Turocy drove a two-run double to left for the key hit.

Encarnacion got the first two outs in the second inning, then gave up four straight hits — singles by Mookie Betts, Jose Vinicio and David Chester, and Mario Martinez’s grand slam to left for the 7-0 lead.

Encarnacion (5-4) allowed the seven runs on eight hits while striking out five in six innings. He turned things around for himself before departing, with four scoreless innings after the Drive’s early fireworks.

Drive starter Cody Kukuk (4-7) was wildly effective in his five-inning stint, allowing no runs or hits while working around seven walks. He struck out four.

Greenville (23-49, 1-2) tacked on a run in the seventh off Suns reliever Christian Meza, who allowed consecutive singles to Betts, Vinicio and Chester to lead off the inning. Martinez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play as Betts scored for an 8-0 lead. A strikeout ended the inning.

Drive relievers Kyle Kraus and Jeffrey Wendelken finished off the shutout. Kraus worked three innings, allowing four hits while striking out four and inducing two double-play grounders. Wendelken allowed a hit and struck out one in the ninth.

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