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The Charleston Dirty Birds jumped out to a big early lead, lost it, then reclaimed it with a three-run bottom of the eighth to defeat the Gastonia Honey Hunters 7-5 Tuesday night at Appalachian Power Park.

Charleston (18-23) went ahead to stay when Alfredo Gonzalez cracked a two-run home run to give the Dirty Birds a 6-5 lead, then held on in the opener of a six-game home stand. It was their third win in the last four games. Gastonia fell to 27-14.

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