Hagerstown starter Hector Silvestre pitched five no-hit innings and the Suns held off a late comeback in a 6-5 win over the Lexington Legends Monday night.
The Suns jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Isaac Ballou led off with a single, stole second and scored on a one-out single by Jimmy Yezzo. After Estarlin Martinez walked, Yezzo and Martinez pulled a double steal, leaving runners at second and third. John Wooten’s single scored two runs.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the fifth inning on a leadoff homer by Austin Chubb, but the Legends answered in the sixth. Chad Johnson led off the inning with the Legends’ first hit of the game, an infield single against reliever Michael Sylvestri. With one out, Alfredo Escalera walked, and with two outs, Michael Antonio hit his third home run of the year to move the Legends within a run at 4-3.
Hagerstown came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Martinez led off with a double and Wooten was hit by pitch. Wilman Rodriguez’ sacrifice bunt was fielded by Antonio at third, but his throw went past first for an error, allowing Martinez to score and Wooten to reach third. Willie Medina’s sacrifice fly scored Wooten, giving the Suns a 6-3 lead.
The Legends scored a run in the eighth on a walk to Johnson and a double by Garcia. They cut the lead to one in the ninth on a solo homer by Elier Hernandez.
Silvestre (1-0) got the win. Legends starter Matt Tenuta (2-3) was the losing pitcher.
Hagerstown won three of four games in the series.
The Legends return home to begin a three-game series against the Asheville Tourists Wednesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.