Emmanuel Rivera homered and Angelo Castellano hit a two-run double as the Lexington Legends built an early six-run lead on their way to a 9-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds Wednesday night in Salisbury, Maryland.
Jace Vines (9-4) worked eight innings for the win, the longest outing by a Legends pitcher this season. He allowed five hits and two runs, struck out five batters and walked none.
The Legends scored two runs in the first inning. Rudy Martin led off with a single, stole second base and came home on a one-out triple by Khalil Lee. The steal was Martin's 26th in 36 games for Lexington, and he is one behind South Atlantic League leader Tyler Hill of Greenville. Lee scored the second run on Rivera's ground out.
Lexington added three runs in the second. With one out, consecutive singles by Joe Dudek, Manny Olloque and Marten Gasparini produced a run, and Castellano's double to left field scored two more, giving the Legends a 5-0 lead.
Rivera led off the third with his ninth home run of the season.
Delmarva got on the board in the fourth when Jake Ring doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Preston Palmeiro.
The score remained 6-1 until the top of the eighth. The Legends scored a run when Rivera walked, advanced to third on a single by Gabriel Cancel, and scored on Viloria's ground out. Delmarva answered with a single by Ryan McKenna, a double by Stuart Levy and a sacrifice fly by Cole Billingsley.
OIloque led off the top of the ninth with a double. Martin walked and Castellano singled, loading the bases. Lee's sacrifice fly scored Olloque, and Rivera singled, scoring Martin and giving the Legends their final margin.
Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal (4-8) was the losing pitcher.
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles played for Delmarva as part of a rehab assignment. He was hitless in four at bats.
Game two of the three-game series will be played Thursday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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