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Suns create 5-run rally to crack 'Claws

August 22, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — The Hagerstown Suns have a habit of making something out of nothing.

What was starting to look like a harmless seventh inning on Thursday turned into a two-out, five-run rally to lift the Suns to an 8-3 win over Lakewood.

Two hits, two errors and a wild pitch helped Hagerstown (76-51, 38-22) break a 3-3 tie and give the Suns their 10th win in the last 12 games.

The Suns moved to a 1 1/2-game lead in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half race. West Virginia dropped a 5-4 decision to Charleston on Thursday.

Will Piwnica-Worms hit a leadoff single to center off Lakewood reliever Chris Nichols to start the seventh. Piwnica-Worms took second on Craig Manuel’s sacrifice bunt before Tony Renda struck out for the second out of the inning.

Lino Martinez was summoned to replace Nichols (0-2) and the Suns took advantage of the switch.

Mike McQuillan singled to load the bases before two runs scored when Shawn Pleffner reached on shortstop J.P. Crawford’s fielding error.

Estarlin Martinez hit a two-run single, took third on left fielder Larry Greene Jr.’s throwing error and then scored on a wild pitch to cap Hagerstown’s improbable rally.

The outburst made a winner of Suns reliever Cody Davis (2-3) in relief of starter Austin Voth. Davis allowed a hit over 1 1/3 innings and struck out three.

The Suns took a 3-0 lead in the third off Lakewood starter Ramon Oviedo, using an RBI single by Manuel and two-run double by McQuillan.

Lakewood tied the game at 3 with two runs in the third and a run in the fifth inning.

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