(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Jesus Solorzano's three-run homer in the sixth inning put Greensboro in front, and the Grasshoppers went on to a 7-2 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night. The loss ended the Legends winning streak at five games.
The Legends took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Raul Mondesi walked and Mark Donato doubled, putting runners at second and third. After Bubba Starling walked to load the bases, a wild pitch allowed Mondesi to score as all runners moved up. Cam Gallagher's sacrifice fly scored Donato from third with the second run.
Lexington starter Daniel Stumpf, who pitched a no-hitter in his last start July 2, did not allow a hit until Anthony Gomez singled with one out in the fourth. Stumpf maintained the shutout through five innings, but with one out in the sixth, Juancito Martinez reached first on an error by second baseman Kenny Diekroeger. Yefri Perez popped out for the second out, but Gomez singled, sending Martinez to second. Solorzano followed with his 10th home run of the season, giving Greensboro a 3-2 lead.
The Grasshoppers added three more runs in the seventh. Matt Juengel led off with a single, but was forced at second on Blake Barber's grounder to first base. Jose Behar's double put runners at second and third. Martinez then bunted toward the mound, and Legends reliever Chas Byrne fielded the ball and tossed it to Gallagher, the catcher, but Barber was able to retreat safely to third as Behar went back to second, leaving the bases loaded. A single by Perez scored one run, and Gomez' sacrifice fly produced another, giving the Grasshoppers a 5-2 lead. Martinez scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-2.
Greensboro added a final run in the ninth on a double by Barber, a single by Behar, and a run-scoring ground out by Martinez.
Greensboro starter Scott Lyman (3-6) took control after the first inning and got the win. He pitched eight innings and allowed three hits and two runs. He walked two batters and struck out seven.
Stumpf (6-7) took the loss. He worked six innings, allowed five hits, struck out three batters and walked none. All three runs against him were unearned.
The Legends' lead in the South Atlantic League Southern Division was cut to one game over Greenville, which defeated Charleston 2-1.
The Legends and Grasshoppers will play game two of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.