First-round pick Matt Barnes extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings Wednesday, and the Greenville Drive beat the Lexington Legends 4-2 in front of 6,892 on Education Day at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Greenville's Barnes (2-0), drafted 19th overall by the Boston Red Sox in 2011, struck out nine and allowed three hits in six innings. The 6-foot-4, 21-year-old right-hander has not allowed a run in his three starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and two walks.
The Drive got a two-run single by Henry Ramos and an RBI single by Keury De La Cruz to take a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning. They made it 4-0 in the ninth on a David Renfroe home run.
Legends third baseman Matt Duffy's two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth spoiled the shutout. Duffy's homer followed a single by Zach Johnson.
Nathan Pettus (0-2), who replaced Legends starter Jonas Dufek in the second inning after he was struck in the arm by a line drive, allowed three runs in 31⁄3 innings and took the loss.