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Big hits elude Suns

July 30, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns had 11 hits but only two runs to show for them in a 4-2 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws on Tuesday night.

The Suns now trail the first-place West Virginia Power by 1 1/2 games in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings.

Art Charles and Alejandro Villalobos each went 3-for-3 and Chace Numata hit a two-run, tiebreaking home run for the BlueClaws.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Narciso Mesa led off with a single, went to third as Tony Renda reached on an error and scored as Shawn Pleffner grounded into a force out at second.

The BlueClaws tied the game at 1-1 in the third against Suns starter Kylin Turnbull. Villalobos led off with a single, Angelo Mora drew a walk and both advanced a base on a wild pitch, allowing Villalobos to score on Carlos Tocci’s groundout. Turnbull avoided further damage in the inning when Mora was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Brandon Miller as he tried to score from second on Charles’ two-out single.

Lakewood broke the tie in the fourth, taking a 3-1 lead on Numata’s two-run homer to left off Turnbull (5-3).

The BlueClaws added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Villalobos off Suns reliever Justin Thomas.

The Suns tried to rally in the ninth. After Mesa and Renda drew walks to start the inning, Miller hit a one-out RBI single to make it 4-2 and put the tying runs on base. But Thomas struck out Mike McQuillan and, after a passed ball put two in scoring position, Wander Ramos grounded out to end the game.

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