HAGERSTOWN -- Arthur Rhodes gave up four earned runs in the fourth inning, as the Hagerstown Suns dropped their Class AA Eastern League opener to the Williamsport Bills, 10-6, before 4,007 last night.
The Suns built a 3-0 lead in the first three innings on run-scoring singles by Ken Shamburg and Tyrone Kingwood, and a sacrifice fly by Paul Carey.
Williamsport responded with a four-run fourth, in which the Bills sent 10 batters to the plate and knocked starter Rhodes out of the game. Rhodes, who was tagged with the loss, finished with six strikeouts and six walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Williamsport's Tito Navarro went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and Jeremy Bernitz hit a 2-run homer for the Bills in the sixth. Carey added a solo home run for Hagerstown in the ninth.
Bob Milacki will start tonight's game against Williamsport.