The Hickory Crawdads pounded out 13 hits and broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning and a three-run fifth on their way to an 11-2 win over the visiting Lexington Legends on Saturday night.
Matt Duffy's leadoff homer in the second inning gave the Legends a 1-0 lead, but the Crawdads evened the score in the third on a single by Kevin Torres, a forceout and a double by Jordan Akins.
In the Hickory fourth, Zach Cone hit a solo homer with one out to put the Crawdads up 2-1. Drew Robinson flied out for the second out, but Jeremy Williams doubled and Torres walked. Akins singled to score Williams, and after Akins stole second, Jhonny Gomez hit his first home run of the year, a three-run shot, giving Hickory a 6-1 lead.
The Crawdads added three more runs in the fifth, aided by three wild pitches by Lexington reliever Euris Quezada and a passed ball charged to Mike Kvasnicka.
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Lexington starter Jason Dufek (1-1) was pulled after the five-run fourth. He allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Duffy's home run was his seventh of the season. He has 25 RBI.