Carlos Tovar's two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning put Greenville in front, and the Drive held on for a 3-2 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Bobby Dalbec's solo homer in the top of the first gave Greenville an early 1-0 lead, but the Legends tied the game in the bottom of the first on a triple by Kort Peterson and a single by Chris DeVito.
Khalil Lee's leadoff homer in the bottom of the third put the Legends ahead 2-1, and that score stood until the sixth, when Yoan Aybar led off with a single and Tovar followed with his first home run of the season.
Lexington's Ricky Aracena led off the bottom of the seventh with a single. Lee put down a sacrifice bunt, and when Aracena was safe at second on an attempted force play, Lee reached first safely. Gabriel Cancel bunted, and catcher Roldani Baldwin's throw to first hit Cancel and rolled down the right field line, apparently allowing Aracena to score the tying run. But Cancel was called out for interference, sending Aracena back to second and Lee back to first. Greenville reliever Jordan Weems struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.
Greenville starter Michael Shawaryn (1-1) pitched the first five and two-thirds innings and got the win. Legends starter Gerson Garabito (1-1) took the loss. He gave up only three hits, including the two homers, in seven innings. Garabito struck out five batters and walked two.
Each team has won one game in the series, which concludes with an Education Day game Wednesday morning. First pitch is set for 10:05 a.m.
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