Adam Bailey's single drove in Delino DeShields Jr. with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, and the Lexington Legends held on for an 8-7 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats Saturday night at Grayson Stadium. The Legends (9-8) took three of five in Savannah and are now one game over .500 for the season.
DeShields walked to lead off the eighth and, as he stole second, catcher Blake Forsythe threw the ball into center field for an error, allowing DeShields to reach third.
Bailey, who had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, then lined a single to right field to drive in DeShields, breaking the 7-7 tie.
Ruben Alaniz (2-1) got the win in relief. Gabriel Garcia, who worked the eighth and ninth, earned his first save by escaping a two-on, two-out threat in the ninth by striking out Aderlin Rodriguez to end the game. Luis Rojas (0-1) was the losing pitcher.
Bryce Lane's three-run triple in the fourth inning helped the Legends come back from an early 4-0 deficit.
Lexington scored three runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-5 lead. Jiovanni Mier hit his second home run of the year during the surge, a solo shot in the fifth inning. The Legends tacked on a run in the seventh, but Savannah tied it up in the bottom half when Rodriguez drove in two runs with two out.
Chris Wallace had three hits in four at-bats to raise his average to .419, second in the South Atlantic League behind Bryce Massanari of Asheville (.421).