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Grasshoppers rally to cool off Suns

July 20, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Greensboro Grasshoppers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with a pair of four-run innings to cool off the Hagerstown Suns 9-4 on Saturday night in a South Atlantic League game.

The Suns (55-41, 17-12) had a two-game winning streak snapped, but remained a half-game ahead of Hickory in the Northern Division standings.

Stephen Perez’s three-run inside-the-park home run to right got the Suns on the board in the second inning and capped a two-out uprising. After a double play, Khayyan Norfork singled and Craig Manuel walked to set up Perez.

The Grasshoppers (47-50, 14-14) got on the board in the fourth. Juancito Martinez reached on a two-out bunt single, stole second and scored on Cameron Flynn’s single to center to cut Hagerstown’s lead to 3-1.

Greensboro took the lead with a four-run sixth. Colin Moran and Viosergy Rosa hit one-out singles and Martinez walked to load the bases. Flynn drove in a run with a single to center, and Matt Juengel’s two-run double to left gave the Grasshoppers a 4-3 lead and chased Suns starter Pedro Encarnacion. Cody Keefer added a sacrifice fly to left off reliever Travis Henke.

Hagerstown cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh. Manuel led off with a double to right and scored on Narciso Mesa’s single to center.

Greensboro scored four insurance runs in the eighth to pull away. Flynn led off with a double to right and scored on Jose Behar’s sacrifice fly to left. Rehiner Cordova, Anthony Gomez and Rosa each added RBI singles to center.

Mesa and Tony Renda each had three hits for the Suns. Encarnacion (7-6) took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four.

Scott Lyman (4-6) earned the win for Greensboro, allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out five.

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