Lexington pitchers Andre Davis and Anthony Bender held Greenville to one hit as the Legends extended their winning streak to five games with a rain-shortened 5-2 victory over the Greenville Drive Friday night. Khalil Lee and Emmanuel Rivera homered for Lexington.
The game was stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The win keeps the Legends in a tie with Charleston for the Southern Division lead in the South Atlantic League. Both teams are 10-5 in the second half of the season.
Lee led off the bottom of the first inning with his team-leading 13th home run. The 1-0 lead held until the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Roldani Baldwin reached second base on an error by Lee in center field, and Tucker Tubbs followed with Greenville’s only hit, a two-run homer.
The Legends took charge with four runs in the sixth. Rivera led off the inning with his eighth homer, tying the game at 2-2. With two outs, John Brontsema drew a walk. Luis Villegas also walked, and Brontsema, who was breaking for second on ball four to Villegas, moved to third when Baldwin’s throw to second went into center field for an error. Yeison Melo singled to score Brontsema, and Marten Gasparini doubled home two more runs.
Davis (5-2) was the winning pitcher. He worked six innings and allowed one hit and two unearned runs. Bender earned his fourth save. He pitched the seventh and eighth and retired all six batters he faced.
Greenville starter Daniel Gonzalez (6-2) took the loss.
Game two of the four-game series will be played Saturday night. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.