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Lee, Dickson dance around trouble in Suns' victory

August 24, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — Mike McQuillan and Estarlin Martinez each had two hits, and Nick Lee and Ian Dickson pitched out of trouble as the Hagerstown Suns defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1 on Saturday night in front of 1,333 fans at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns (77-52, 39-23) were a half-game ahead of West Virginia in the race for the South Atlantic League Northern Division’s second-half title. The Power won the first game of a doubleheader with Savannah 6-3 in nine innings. The second game was in progress.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third inning off Grasshoppers starter Austin Brice. Tony Renda led off with a walk and stole second base, his 26th theft of the year. McQuillan followed with an RBI single to left.

Hagerstown doubled the lead to 2-0 in the sixth. With two outs, Will Piwnica-Worms walked and stole second, his 11th swipe this season. Pedro Severino drove him in with an RBI single to center.

The Suns broke it open with a three-run seventh off Greensboro reliever Jheyson Manzueta for a 5-0 lead. McQuillan led off with a single to center, Wes Schill walked and Wander Ramos drilled an RBI ground-rule double to right. With one out, Khayyan Norfork hit a sacrifice fly to left, and the final run of the inning scored on a wild pitch.

The Grasshoppers (60-70, 27-34) got a run off Dickson in the ninth to avoid the shutout. Blake Barber led off with a single to center, Justin Bohn hit a one-out single to center and Colin Moran hit a two-out RBI infield single.

Lee (6-4) worked around five hits and four walks in his five innings to keep the Grasshoppers off the scoreboard. Dickson — ordinarily a starter — pitched the final four innings, allowing a run on six hits while striking out five. Greensboro left 12 runners on base.

Brice (8-10) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings for Greensboro. He struck out four.

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