Held scoreless for five innings, the host West Virginia Power exploded for five runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh to whip the Lexington Legends 9-4 in a South Atlantic League game Thursday night at Charleston, W.Va.
Lexington starter Luis Cruz (5-4) was cruising along, shutting out the Power for the first five innings, but he only got one out in the sixth. The Power got five hits, the big one a triple by newcomer Taylor Lewis that drove in two runs. The rally was helped by two wild pitches and a walk.
Lewis, who also hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, is hitting .429 in five games with the Power. He had three hits and knocked in four runs.
Eric Avila also homered in the seventh.
Designated hitter Brandon Meredith homered to lead off the second for the Legends. Catcher Roberto Pena knocked in two runs with a double in the fourth inning.
Zach Dodson got the win, his second. He pitched five innings, allowing nine hits, but only three runs.
Both South Atlantic League teams had been off three days for the league's All-Star break.