Suns show Intimidators who's boss

August 03, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns have made a season out of grinding out victories.

They showed it once again Saturday, in dramatic way.

Estarlin Martinez stole second base with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and scored on Stephen Perez’s single to give the Suns a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Kanapolis Intimidators at Municipal Stadium.

Hagerstown (64-45, 26-16) trailed 6-3 after three innings and chipped away one run at a time first to tie the game before winning it in the 10th.

The win was the Suns’ fourth straight, including the first three in the series with Kannapolis.

Martinez reached by hitting a grounder to force out Khayyan Norfork. Martinez stole his 14th base of the season with Perez at the plate to allow the shortstop to cash in for the win against Kannapolis reliever Stew Brase (2-2).

Kannapolis scored all six of their runs — four earned — off Suns starter Nick Lee in the first three innings.

Cleuluis Rondon highlighted the Intimidators’ offense with a two-run home run in the second.

Hagerstown scored three runs in the second, highlighted by Norfork’s RBI triple and Pedro Severino’s run-scoring double.

The Suns scored in the fifth on Shawn Pleffner’s grounder to second. They closed to within 6-5 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Perez and tied the game in the seventh on Wander Ramos’ RBI single.

Gilberto Mendez (3-1), the Suns’ fourth pitcher of the night, won the game by pitching a scoreless 10th.

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