05/10/06 — Suns rout Mudcats again

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Suns rout Mudcats again

Published in Sports on May 10, 2006 2:08 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the second straight night, the Jacksonville Suns punished the Carolina Mudcats 10-1 at the Baseball Grounds on Tuesday night.

After Carolina (14-19) bombed the Suns (19-14) on Sunday 11-0, Jacksonville has ripped off consecutive wins by a combined score of 19-2.

Justin Ruggiano and Anthony Raglani homered in the rout, Ruggiano's third in two games against Mudcats pitching.

James Russ (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs and six hits over six innings. Christopher Young and Chris Mobley permitted five runs total in the final two frames.

The Suns went ahead 1-0 in the first on a two-out double by Andy LaRoche ahead of Ruggiano's two-out homer in the fourth. The Suns scored two more in the fifth before Carolina got on the board in the sixth on a single by Edgar Gonzalez.

Heath Totten (3-1) remained unbeaten over eight career starts against the Mudcats, dating to 2002, earning his third win along with five no-decisions.

The fourth game of the five-game set will be today at 1:05 p.m. with Paul Mildren (2-1, 4.65) starting for Carolina.