Abreu, Hull and Broxton Even Series 1-1

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- Tony Abreu's two-out single on an 0-2 pitch drove home Justin Ruggiano in the eighth inning in the Suns' 1-0 victory over the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in Game 2 of the Southern League Championship Series in the final game of 2005 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With the victory, the Suns evened the best-of-five series at 1-1.

Abreu's single was the only of the Suns' three hits to leave the infield. Diamond Jaxx starter Renyel Pinto did not allow a hit until the sixth inning when Abreu singled on a broken-bat roller to third that Casey McGehee knocked down, but could not handle. James Loney hit a cued squibber to third in the seventh.

No team had a baserunner reach third base until the eighth inning.

Suns starter Eric Hull pitched seven shutout innings, walking none and tying a season-high with nine strikeouts. Jonathan Broxton earned the relief win, allowing three singles, including two in the ninth. Sergio Garcia, who moved to shortstop on a double-switch in the eighth, started a difficult double play to Abreu and on to Loney which erased a two-on, one-out situation and ended the game.

The Suns and Diamond Jaxx will travel Thursday and face off in Game 3 of the Championship Series Friday with right-hander William Juarez, who shut out Birmingham in Game 3 of the South Division Finals, scheduled to face Diamond Jaxx righty Ricky Nolasco, who led the league in strikeouts and tied for the lead in wins. --Joe Block

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