Pellegrini, Taylor homer as Lexington earns split

Brian Pellegrini hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Lexington Legends went on to a 5-1 victory over the Lake County Captains Tuesday night at Applebee's Park to gain a split of their four-game series.

The Legends, who finished last in the South Atlantic League Northern Division in the first half and then started the second half 5-21, have either won or split their past five series. They've won 13 of their past 18 games.

Pellegrini, who didn't join the Legends until May 14 but leads the team in home runs (20) and RBI (59), has homered in five of the past nine games and has driven in 11 runs over that span.

Anthony Bello (7-5) allowed six hits and one run while walking none and striking out eight in 62⁄3 innings.

Reid Kelly got the last out in the seventh to preserve a 3-1 lead and went the rest of the way to pick up his third save. He walked one and struck out four while not allowing a hit.

Eric Taylor made Kelly's job a little easier when he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to make it 5-1.

The Legends get a day off Wednesday before starting a four-game series at Applebee's Park with the Asheville Tourists.