The Greenville Drive jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and went on to beat the Lexington Legends 9-1 on Saturday night at Applebee's Park.
Anthony Rizzo drove in five runs for the Drive. He hit his seventh home run of the year in the first inning, a two-run shot that scored David Mailman. Ryan Lavarnway followed Rizzo's homer with a single and went to third when the ball got past center fielder Brandon Barnes. Kade Keowen singled to score Lavarnway, giving Greenville a 3-0 lead.
Rizzo came back with a two-run double in the second inning to make it 5-0. In the third, Keowen led off with a double. One out later, after Brian Wabick had replaced Lexington starter Brad Dydalewicz on the mound, Ryan Dent doubled to score Keowen. An error and a wild pitch allowed Dent to score, and Greenville led 7-0.
The Drive added two more runs in the sixth. With the bases loaded, Rizzo grounded into a force play at second, scoring Zach Gentile from third. Shortstop Jorge De Leon's high throw to first allowed Mailman to score from second.
The Legends scored their only run in the ninth. Brandon Barnes tripled with one out, and Kyle Miller followed with an RBI single.
It was the first loss of the season for Dydalewicz (3-1), who entered the game with a 0.64 ERA over seven starts. He was charged with six runs — five earned — on six hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Greenville's Caleb Clay (2-2) relieved starter Nick Hagadone in the second inning and pitched through the sixth, allowing three hits in 41⁄3 innings to earn the win.