Tied 1-1 in the 10th inning, Ronnie Ramirez knew what he had to do.
"I was thinking, 'just get a base hit,' " the Lexington Legends second baseman said Friday night. "Because we needed it at that time."
That the Legends did.
Ramirez delivered a two-strike single to center.Pinch-runner Marques Williams, who was on second base, scored just ahead of the throw from center fielder Mitch Dening for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Greenville Drive.
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Three Legends teamed on a four-hitter, striking out 17, with one walk.
In a matchup of righties, Legends starter Jordan Lyles was magnificent. Stephen Fife of the Drive was even better.
Fife was shut down because of shoulder soreness and weakness during spring training. Friday marked his second game for the Drive.
Limited to five innings, he was perfect. Fifteen up, 15 down, seven on strikeouts.
Lyles lasted six innings, giving up a run on three hits. He fanned 11 and did not walk a batter. Henry Villar fanned four over 22⁄3 innings in relief, and Patrick Urckfitz (2-0) punched out two of the four batters he faced.
David Mailman and Tim Federowicz led off the game with singles. Lyles then retired 12 in a row.
Will Middlebrook ended the streak, leading off the fifth inning with his first homer of the season, to center field.
With Mike Lee in relief of Fife, the Legends got their first runner when Ramirez blooped a sixth-inning single.
An inning later, Steve Brown laced a one-out triple. Brian Pellegrini drove him in with a single to center.
Federico Hernandez led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to short center.
Brandon Barnes bunted Hernandez to second. Williams came in to run. And Martinez came through.
With Manager Tom Lawless waving him home all the way, "my eyes got big," Williams said. "I was hoping I was going to make it. I got there and was safe, and we won the game. That's what's important."
■ Charley Taylor, who has been the Legends' pitching coach for each of their nine seasons, made his first appearance of the season Friday. He had been receiving treatment for bladder cancer.