Charleston took the lead with four runs in the second inning and went on to a 7-3 win over the Lexington Legends Saturday night in front of 5,751 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The Legends scored a run in the first inning when Michael Gigliotti drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Meibrys Viloria and scored on a ground out by Emmanuel Rivera.
Charleston's Dalton Blaser led off the second inning with a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch. After Dermis Garcia walked, Oswaldo Cabrera singled, scoring Blaser and sending Garcia to third. A base hit by Pablo Olivares brought Garcia home. The runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball, and Ryan Lidge walked, loading the bases. A walk to Dom Thompson-Williams forced in a run, and Diego Castillo's single scored Olivares, giving the RiverDogs a 4-1 lead.
A walk to Blaser and a double by Garcia produced another run in the fifth.
The Legends came back with a run in the sixth on a single by Gigliotti, a stolen base and a two-out single by Rivera. They cut the lead to 5-3 with a run in the seventh. Joe Dudek and Angelo Castellano walked to start the inning. Dudek went to third on a force play at second and scored on a single by Marten Gasparini.
Cabrera's two-run homer in the eighth gave the RiverDogs their final margin.
Charleston starter Nick Green (8-8) worked the first five innings and got the win. He allowed one hit and one run. Christian Morris pitched three and one-third innings in relief, and Chase Hodson came in to get the final two outs.
Legends' starter Nolan Watson (1-9) was the losing pitcher.
Charleston has won the first three games of the series, which concludes Sunday. Game time is 2:05 p.m.
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