GREENSBORO, N.C. — Brent Keys had three hits, including a three-run double in the fourth inning, and the Greensboro Grasshoppers beat the Lexington Legends 8-2 Wednesday afternoon.
The victory was the Grasshoppers' third straight in the series and their fourth straight overall against the Legends, who fell to 2-5 in the second half of the South Atlantic League season.
After the Grasshoppers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out, RBI double by Ryan McIntyre, Lexington moved in front with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Delino DeShields Jr. doubled with one out and scored on a single by Jordan Scott. Zach Johnson and Matt Duffy walked to load the bases, but Jay Austin and Mike Kvasnicka struck out. On Kvasnicka's third strike, however, the ball got past catcher Tony Caldwell, and Scott scored on the passed ball to give the Legends a 2-1 lead.
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Greensboro took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Legends starter Luis Ordosgoitti (1-3) retired the first two hitters, but a McIntyre single and two walks loaded the bases. Keys, the South Atlantic League's leading hitter (.362), drilled a double into the right-field corner, scoring all three runners.
Matt Smith hit a two-run homer for Greensboro in the fifth inning to make it 6-2, and the Grasshoppers added two runs in the sixth, both unearned thanks to two Legends errors.
James Nygren (4-1), who relieved starter Austin Brice in the fifth inning, worked three innings and got the win
The series concludes Thursday night at 7 p.m. before the Legends come home for four games against Asheville.