Like a snowball rolling down a hill — or like government deficit, for that matter — it's growing. "It" is the Lexington Legends' losing streak.
The West Virginia Power upended Lexington 5-2 Friday night at Applebee's Park, the Legends' fifth straight loss and sixth in seven games.
The loss drops the Legends to 20-27 in the second half. Overall, they hit a season-low of five games under .500 (56-61).
The Power, winners of 10 straight road games, scored 21 runs in the first two games of the series.
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Runs didn't come so easily Friday against Ross Seaton. The right-hander gave up one run — Robbie Grossman's first-inning homer — over six innings. He left with a 2-1 lead.
Both Lexington runs scored in the fourth.
Albert Cartwright led off with a double. One out later, Brian Pellegrini hit his 21st homer of the season for Lexington's first lead of the series.
That was all West Virginia starter Hunter Strickland (8-4) gave up in six innings of four-hit work.
Kyle Godfrey (1-1) replaced Seaton in the seventh, and Starling Marte led off with a swinging bunt single.
Bobby Spain grounded to second baseman Cartwright, who tried to force Marte. But the throw was off the mark. Marte wound up on third, Spain on first. Marte scored on Danny Bomback's sacrifice fly.
A groundout and a wild pitch put Spain on third. He scored on the second hit of the inning, another swinging bunt single, by Josue Peley.
The Power padded the lead in the ninth, getting a two-run double from Austin McCune.
The Legends threatened in the ninth, with runners on first and second with one out. But righty Casey Erickson got Steve Brown and Eric Suttle to fly out.