The Rome Braves capitalized on a bad-hop single to score three times in the ninth inning Sunday and defeat the Lexington Legends 6-3 at Applebee's Park.
With one out and Rome runners on first and second, Jose Trinidad (4-2) got Kyle Rose to ground a potential double-play ball to shortstop. But a bad hop carried the ball over Jiovanni Mier's glove. Left-fielder Jake Goebbert, hustling to cut off the ball, misplayed it for his first error of the year. Both runners scored, and Rose reached third base.
Todd Cunningham's squeeze bunt scored Rose.
Cunningham, Phil Gosselin and Riaan Spanger-Furstenburg each had early RBI hits.
Legends starter Luis Cruz gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings.
Lexington got little from a big chance in the second.
Rome's Chris Masters walked the first three batters.
Mier's sacrifice fly scored a run. A walk refilled the bases, but Masters got the next two outs on a pop-up and a fly.
Goebbert banged a third-inning RBI double.
"Our nemesis all year has been left-handed pitchers," Legends Manager Rodney Linares said. "We had (Masters) on the ropes. He did a really good job getting out of that inning."
Reliever Andrew Wilson held the Legends to three hits over 42⁄3 innings, including a solo homer to J.D. Martinez in the fifth. Jeff Lorick (2-3) worked 11⁄3 innings for the win.
■ Former Beechwood High and Campbellsville University shortstop Chris Curley was 1-for-4 as Rome's DH.
Used mostly at second and third now, plus a few games at short, Curley signed last year as a non-drafted free agent. This year, he is hitting .221 with nine RBI over 24 games.
"He's swinging the bat better than what his average shows right now," Manager Randy Ingle said. "He's hitting some balls hard right at people and just hasn't been able to find the holes."
Curley played at Applebee's as a senior in 2006, when Beechwood was in the state tourney, "so it's pretty neat to come back here." He said his hard-hit/soft-return is not a worry: "I've just got to keep hitting it hard, and eventually they'll find the holes."