Lexington Christian graduate Robbie Ross earned his eighth win of the season and the Hickory Crawdads defeated the visiting Lexington Legends 18-9 on Sunday.
Ross, who improved to 8-4 with a 1.92 ERA, allowed five hits and one run, ending a streak of 27 innings in which he hadn't allowed an earned run. Ross's day ended after a 31-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth.
The Crawdads pounded out 18 hits and 18 runs in the first five innings.
A two-run homer by Ed Koncel put Hickory in front in the first inning.
In the second, a three-run homer by Cristian Santana followed by a solo shot from Mike Ortiz capped a five-run inning.
Jared Prince added a two-run homer in the fourth for the Crawdads, who finished the game with 20 hits.
Lexington starter David Duncan (3-2), who was relieved with two outs in the second inning, took the loss.
The victory gave the Crawdads (35-23) a two-game lead on the Lakewood BlueClaws in the Northern Division.
The Legends (28-30) trail Augusta by seven games in the Southern Division.