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Suns' Ramos forces Braves into Wander-land

July 13, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns seldom wonder when Wander Ramos is in the lineup.

They don’t have to. The outfielder has a habit of coming through.

Ramos returned from the disabled list on Saturday and promptly delivered a two-run double in Hagerstown’s five-run first inning to lead the Suns to a 7-4 win over Rome.

The win kept the Suns (52-38, 14-9) a half-game behind Hickory in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings.

Hagerstown set the tone for the game by rallying for all five first-inning runs after its first two hitters recorded outs against Rome starter Wes Parsons (3-5).

Estarlin Martinez and Brandon Miller each hit two-out singles before advancing on a Parson’s balk. Ramos put Hagerstown on the scoreboard with his double.

After Bryan Lippincott walked, Ramos scored when Rome third baseman Eric Garcia committed a double error on Khayyan Norfork’s grounder. Craig Manuel capped the inning with a two-run single for the 5-0 lead.

It provided an early cushion for Suns starter Kylin Turnbull (3-2).

Rome scored a run in the second on an RBI single by Ross Heffley. The Braves made it 5-2 in the third on Kyle Wren’s leadoff home run.

Hagerstown got a run back in the third when Ramos led off with a double and eventually scored when Norfork grounded into a double play for a 6-2 lead.

The Braves cut the deficit in half with two runs in the fourth on a two-run triple by Jose Peraza.

Despite the early lead, Turnbull (3-2) struggled allowing four runs on 12 hits over five innings, while striking out four.

The Suns added insurance with an unearned run in the eighth inning against Rome reliever Cole Nelson.

Manuel drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Stephen Perez’s sacrifice bunt before moving to third on Narciso Mesa’s infield single. Manuel scored when Mesa stole second as Rome catcher Chase Anselment committed a throwing error.

Gilberto Nendez pitched the ninth inning to earn his fifth save.

Miller led the Suns with three of their 10 hits, while Ramos added two.

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