Michael Hill’s two-out single in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 3-2 win over the Rome Braves in front of 6,034 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday night.
The win completed a three-game sweep of the series by Lexington.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Ozzie Albies led off the game with a double down the right field line. After Omar Obregon struck out, Joseph Daris grounded out as Albies went to third. Jordan Edgerton walked, and the Braves pulled off a double steal, with Albies scoring. Braxton Davidson’s double brought Edgerton home with the second run.
The Legends didn’t have a baserunner against Rome starter Zach Quintana until the bottom of the fourth when Corey Toups struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. Anderson Miller popped out for the second out of the inning, but Wander Franco singled to right field. As Toups advanced to third on the hit, Franco was caught in a rundown between first and second. Albies, the shortstop, dropped the ball as he made the tag on Franco, and Toups scored.
The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Franco led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a single by Chad Johnson. After Brandon Downes struck out, Taylor Lewis relieved Quintana. Samir Duenez’ high bouncer back to Lewis allowed Franco to score the tying run, and Hill’s single up the middle scored Johnson with the go-ahead run.
Nik Stephenson (4-6), who relieved starter Corey Ray at the start of the sixth inning, got the win. Eric Stout pitched the final one and two-thirds innings and picked up his first save. Neither Stephenson nor Stout allowed a hit. Obregon’s fifth-inning single was Rome’s last hit of the game.
Quintana (2-3) was the losing pitcher.
The Legends will remain home to play a four-game series against the Hickory Crawdads, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Game time Saturday is 7:05 p.m.