The Lexington Legends scored twice in the top of the ninth to break a 6-6 tie, then survived a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning for an 8-7 victory in Hickory, N.C.
With one out in the Legends' ninth, Telvin Nash drew a walk. Pinch runner Jhonny Medrano scored from first on a double by Ben Heath to give Lexington a 7-6 lead. Heath moved to third on a groundout and scored the decisive run on a single by Tyler Burnett.
The Crawdads, who climbed back from a 5-0 deficit beginning with a three-run spurt in the fourth inning, quickly loaded the bases in the ninth against reliever Jorge DeLeon on consecutive singles by Odubel Herrera, Tomas Telis and Andrew Clark.
After a foul-out, DeLeon walked Jake Skole to force in a run but then struck out the next two batters to record his 11th save.
David Martinez (4-3) got the win with two innings of relief, coming in after Hickory had tied the score in the seventh on a solo home run by Teodoro Martinez and then loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Jason Chowning.
Jay Austin drove in three runs as Lexington took a 5-0 lead before Hickory came back for a 6-5 lead. Burnett's homer in the seventh tied it up 6-6.