The Lexington Legends loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, but a force play at second base ended the game as the Greenville Drive held on for an 8-7 win Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Roldani Baldwin had three hits and four runs batted in for Greenville.
The Legends held a 4-1 lead after three innings. Greenville scored a run in the top of the first, but the Legends answered with two in the second. In the third inning, Meibrys Viloria's two-run single gave the Legends a three-run margin.
Greenville scored a run in the top of the fourth. Ryan Scott hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third when second baseman Gabriel Cancel committed an error on a ground ball hit by Mitchell Gunsolus. He scored when Eddy Reynoso singled.
Greenville reclaimed the lead with five runs in the fifth. Lorenzo Cedrola singled, stole second, and reached third when Santiago Espinal put down a bunt for a base hit. Baldwin doubled to score both Cedrola and Espinal to tie the game. After Scott was hit by a pitch and replaced by Granger Studdard, Tucker Tubbs doubled, scoring Baldwin as Studdard moved to third. Gunsolus hit a line drive to right field that got by Yeison Melo for an error, and Studdard and Tubbs scored, giving the Drive a 7-4 lead. Gunsolus was credited with a sacrifice fly and a run batted in on the run scored by Studdard.
Cancel led off the bottom of the fifth with a homer, and in the eighth, John Brontsema had an infield hit, advanced to second on a throwing error, and scored when Rudy Martin doubled, cutting the lead to one at 7-6.
Baldwin's solo homer in the top of the ninth gave Greenville a two-run lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Joe Dudek's solo homer with one out left the Legends one run down at 8-7. Cancel drew a walk, and after Viloria flied out to center field, Manny Olloque singled, moving Cancel to second. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance to second and third, and Brontsema walked, loading the bases. Melo then hit a grounder to the shortstop, Espinal, who threw to second for the force play to end the game.
Greenville reliever Robby Sexton, who entered the game in the third and pitched four innings, got the win (3-6), and Hunter Smith picked up his sixth save for the Drive.
Lexington starter Garrett Davila (6-4) took the loss.
The Legends open a three-game series Wednesday against the Delmarva Shorebirds in Salisbury, Maryland. Game time is 7:05 p
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