ROME, Ga. - The Suns erased an early 4-1 deficit and forced extra innings with a run scored by Angelo La Bruna in the top of the ninth, but the Braves landed the knockout punch with an RBI single from cleanup hitter Juan Yepez to walk it off in an 8-7 win on Wednesday night at State Mutual Stadium.
Rome snapped 14 1/3 innings of scoreless relief by Jordan Mills (Loss, 4-1) and handed the Suns their first loss when leading after seven innings this season.
Hagerstown scored five unanswered runs in the middle innings while holding Rome off the scoreboard from the second through the seventh. Suns catcher Jakson Reetz delivered a two-run double in the fourth, part of a three-run inning that put Hagerstown ahead for the first time.
Carter Kieboom finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored but was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Bass following a strikeout in the seventh inning.
La Bruna replaced Kieboom at shortstop and led off the ninth with a base knock and navigated around the bases to score on a double-play groundout by Jake Noll to tie up the game, 7-7.
Hagerstown starter James Bourque gave up four earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings and newly-added reliever Tommy Peterson (Blown Save, 1) allowed a pair of inherited runners to score plus one of his own in the eighth.
The Suns and Braves waste no time before their rematch on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Kevin Gehl will call the action live on the Hagerstown Suns Radio Network, beginning with the Sunrise Pregame Show at 10:20 a.m. Tune in from anywhere on hagerstownsuns.com.
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