Lexington pitchers shut down Shorebirds

Don't look now, but the Lexington Legends are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the South Atlantic League.

The former league laughingstocks beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-3 on Saturday in Salisbury, Md., for their seventh win in eight games.

Delmarva took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, snapping a 22-inning scoreless streak for Legends pitchers. But starter Anthony Bello (5-5) and relievers Brett Robinson, Jordan Powell and Jay Pacella (10th save) shut down the Shorebirds the rest of the way.

Lexington has held its opponent scoreless in 26 of the past 27 innings.

The Legends answered Delmarva's three-run second inning with three of their own in the top of the third.

Eric Taylor hit an RBI double, Craig Carrado scored on a throwing error, and Brian Pellegrini tied it with a sacrifice fly.

Catlin Everett's sacrifice bunt scored the go-ahead run in the fourth, and Jonathan Fixler tacked on a sac fly in the fifth.

Lexington (12-22) is one game out of fifth place in the SAL Northern Division.