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Miller's double takes Suns out of trouble, into win over 'Claws

July 31, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — This time, it was the Hagerstown Suns’ turn to come from behind.

Hagerstown salvaged one win in a three-game series with Lakewood as Brandon Miller hit a two-run double in the 10th inning in a 4-2 victory in a Wednesday morning matinee.

The Suns squandered a three-run lead only to lose 5-4 in the ninth to the BlueClaws on Monday. Lakewood then took control of Tuesday’s game for a 4-2 win.

On Wednesday, the Suns (61-45, 23-16) fell behind 2-1 and tied the game with a run in the seventh inning before winning it in the 10th. The Suns, the first-half champions, remain 1 1/2 games behind West Virginia for the lead in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division second-half race.

Tony Renda drew a walk to lead off the 10th against Lakewood reliever Chris Burgess and took third on Shawn Pleffner’s single to right. Miller connected for his 26th double of the season, a two-run liner to center to score the go-ahead runs.

Hagerstown closer Gilberto Mendez (2-1) issued a one-out walk to Zach Taylor, but struck out the side to record the win. Mendez pitched two innings, striking out five.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first against Lakewood starter Miguel Nunez as Renda hit a one-out double to left and took third on Pleffner’s grounder to short before scoring when Miller reached on a throwing error by Lakewood third baseman Mitch Walding.

Lakewood (44-62, 18-21) tied the game at 1 against Hagerstown starter Pedro Encarnacion on an RBI double by Willie Carmona.

The BlueClaws took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Chad Carman led off with a single and scored on Taylor’s double to left.

The Suns tied the game in the seventh when Estarlin Martinez drew a walk off Lakewood reliever Zach Cooper and scored on Craig Manuel’s double to right.

Burgess (2-3) took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits over two innings.

Encarnacion pitched six innings for the Suns, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

The Suns finished with 10 hits, with Renda, Miller and Manuel collecting two each, including all four of Hagerstown’s doubles.

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