The Lexington Legends scored a tie-breaking run without a hit in the eighth inning, and then held on for a 5-4 win over the West Virginia Power Thursday night.
The Legends took the lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Carlos Garcia led off with a single, moved to second on a one-out single by Mauricio Ramos and scored on a two-out single by Elier Hernandez.
The Power evened the game in the bottom of the second on a triple by Reese McGuire and a sacrifice fly by Erich Weiss, and they took a 2-1 lead with a run in the third. Michael Fransoso singled, moved to second on a walk to JaCoby Jones and scored on a two-out single by Edwin Espinal.
The Legends tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth on a double by Hernandez, a wild pitch and a run-scoring ground out by Dex Kjerstad.
West Virginia answered with the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Weiss and a triple by Francisco Diaz, and the Power moved in front 4-2 with a sixth –inning run on Wyatt Mathisen’s RBI single.
The Legends rallied to tie the game in the seventh. Dominique Taylor, making his first start for the Legends since June 24 due to a groin injury, led off the top of the seventh inning with a triple, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Fred Ford. Carlos Garcia then drew a walk, stole second base, and came home with the tying run when Mauricio Ramos singled with two outs.
In the eighth, Taylor walked with one out, and Ford reached first on an error by Mathisen, the third baseman, as Taylor moved to second. Garcia struck out, but Power pitcher Henry Hirsch hit the next two batters, Kenny Diekroeger and Ramos, to force in the go-ahead run.
Jose Rodriguez (4-1), who entered the game at the start of the sixth inning, pitched two innings and got the win. Starter Luke Farrell struck out 10 batters and walked one in five innings, and Tim Hill, who relieved Rodriguez after a leadoff single in the eighth , finished the game and earned his fourth save. Hirsch (2-5) took the loss.
The series continues Friday. Game time is 7:05 p.m.