Manny Olloque's grand slam capped a five-run first inning and sent the Lexington Legends on their way to a 12-4 win over the Greenville Drive Monday night in Greenville. Emmanuel Rivera also had four runs batted in for Lexington, and Kort Peterson had four hits in four at bats and drove in two runs.
The Legends had lost to Charleston by that same score Sunday.
Khalil Lee led off Monday night's game with a single, and with one out, stole second base. After Peterson and Chris DeVito walked, loading the bases, Rivera drove in a run with a single. Olloque followed with a drive over the wall in left center field, putting the Legends up 5-0.
After Tyler Hill hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first, the Legends came back with four more runs in the top of the second. With one out, Lee walked, moved to second on a single by Gabriel Cancel, and scored on a single by Peterson. DeVito's single loaded the bases. Greenville pitcher Jay Groome, a first round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2016, left the game at that point due to an arm injury. Robby Sexton relieved, and Rivera greeted him with a two-run single. Olloque walked, loading the bases again, and Nick Dini delivered a sacrifice fly to give the Legends a 9-1 lead.
A double by Cancel and a single by Peterson made the score 10-1 in the fourth. Ryan Scott's three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth cut the lead to 10-4.
The Legends added single runs in the sixth and seventh to close out the scoring.
Lexington starter Andre Davis (1-0) got the victory. He worked six innings and allowed six hits and four runs. Davis struck out eight batters and walked one.
Groome (0-1) was the losing pitcher.
The series continues Tuesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
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