But when it came down to it, Hagerstown used its trademark methods to pull out a victory.
The Suns broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning on Wes Schill’s RBI single and Mike Foat’s run-scoring grounder on Sunday to pull away to a 5-4 seven-inning victory over Rome.
The game was scheduled as the opener of a doubleheader, caused by a Saturday rainout. The nightcap was rained out and will be played as part of a twinbill today, starting at 5 p.m.
The Suns (17-11) extended their South Atlantic League’s Northern Division lead to a full game. Hagerstown moved into first place with Saturday’s rainout and a loss by Hickory. The Crawdads’ game was postponed on Sunday.
Hagerstown scored early to continue a trend it adopted on the current seven-game road trip.
On Sunday, Brandon Miller provided that edge with his fifth home run.
Mike McQuillian hit a one-out double to left off Rome starter Williams Perez (3-2) before Wander Ramos walked. Shawn Pleffner reached on a fielder’s choice, erasing Ramos.
Miller followed with his two-out homer to left.
Rome (17-11) got a run back in the first on Josh Elander’s home run, his first of two off starter Kylin Turnbull (2-0).
The Braves tied the game in the third as Felix Marte tripled and scored on Ronald Luna’s one-out single. Luna scored on Casey Kalenkosky’s double.
Hagerstown went ahead in the fourth as Pleffner drew a leadoff walk and took third on Miller’s double — his second of three hits in the game. Schill and Foat followed by driving in the runs.
Elander tied the game with his homer in the fifth.
Will Hudgins pitched the sixth and Robert Benincasa got out of a jam in the seventh to record his fifth save.