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Suns make most out of little to top 'Birds

July 07, 2013

SALISBURY, Md. — Sometimes being frugal is the best way to go, especially when it’s a necessity.

Just ask the Hagerstown Suns on Sunday. They managed to score seven runs on just two hits.

Hagerstown became resourceful again, this time needing only seven hits to produce 11 runs in an 11-7 win over Delmarva to remain atop of the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings.

The Suns used Brandon Miller’s first-inning grand slam and Estarlin Martinez’s second-inning three-run blast — Hagerstown’s only two hits in the rallies — to jump out to an early 7-1 lead and held on for its sixth victory in the last seven games.

The Suns (50-35, 12-6) hold a half-game lead over Hickory, which comes to town for a three-game series on Tuesday.

Hagerstown made the most the freebies provided by Delmarva starter Parker Bridwell (5-8).

The Suns’ first three batters reached base in the first as Narciso Mesa and Tony Renda each drew walks and Martinez was hit by a pitch. Miller followed this his 16th homer, the grand slam to left, for a 4-0 lead.

After Delmarva got a run in the bottom of the inning on Torsten Boss’s sacrifice fly off Suns starter Kylin Turnbull, Hagerstown extended the lead to 7-1.

Craig Manuel led off the second with a walk and Renda was hit by a pitch with two outs to set up Matinez’s drive to left, his second homer of the season.

Delmarva touched Turnbull for three runs in the second on Lucas Herbst’s three-run homer and a two runs in the third, highlighted by George Barber’s single, to cut the deficit to 7-6.

Hagerstown chased Bridwell in the fifth with three runs on RBI singles by Will Piwnica-Worms and Manuel and Stephen Perez’s grounder for a 10-6 lead.

The Shorebirds answered with a run in the fifth off reliever Bryan Harper (5-1). The Suns tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on Bryan Lippincott’s RBI single.

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