Not often will a baseball team commit six errors and still come away with a win.
That's what the Greenville Drive did Wednesday, though, downing the Lexington Legends 9-5 to split the four-game series at Applebee's Park.
An Education Day crowd of 6,931, mostly youngsters, saw the Legends self-destruct by issuing 11 walks.
"We didn't do a very good job of situational hitting today," Manager Rodney Linares said. "I think we were 2-for-6 with runners at third base and less than two outs.
"They were having fun at the beginning of the game. We had a couple hit-and-runs well executed. The guys ran the bases well. But, for some reason, it takes us a while, once we get that starter out, to make an adjustment on the relievers. ... The bottom line is, we've got to throw the ball over the plate. We walked in four runs, and that's the difference right there."
Lexington led 5-3 before Greenville rallied for four runs in the fifth.
After Luis Cruz gave up back-to-back one-out singles, Arcenio Leon (1-2) took over.
A walk loaded the bases, but Leon fanned Dan Butler.
Two runs came in when Leon issued consecutive walks to Reynaldo Rodriguez and Zach Gentile.
Two more scored on Joantoni Garcia's double down the right-field line. Gentile tried to score but was nailed at the plate on second baseman Jose Altuve's relay to catcher Jonathan Fixler.
Reliever Tom Ebert (1-0) blanked the Legends on two hits over the last five innings.
Lexington did its damage against starter Pete Ruiz.
Jake Goebbert drove in two in the first inning with the first of his two doubles.
Two more scored in the second, one on an Altuve double, one of his three hits. He scored from second on a two-error play — shortstop Derrik Gibson's throw pulled first baseman Rodriguez off the bag and allowed Jiovanni Mier to reach; Rodriguez's throw to the plate sailed wide of catcher Butler.
Grant Hogue, Aaron Bray and Mier all singled to account for a fourth-inning run. But the Legends, 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position, left the bases loaded.
Linares said he liked the Legends' error-free defense and the team energy level, "but we just couldn't throw the ball over the plate."
Michael Almanzar opened the Greenville second with a walk and moved to third on Ronald Bermudez's double. Almanzar scored on a sacrifice fly by Butler and Bermudez came home on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez.
Bermudez also singled in a third-inning run. The Drive added a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Almanzar and Bermudez.
Four walks — three by Colton Pitkin and one by Jose Trinidad — gave Greenville another run in the eighth.