Lexington Legends

Legends hang on to win opener, 5-4

Ebert Rosario had three hits and drove in two runs, and Jordan Lyles pitched five effective innings as the Lexington Legends opened the 2009 season with a 5-4 victory over the host West Virginia Power.

Rosario, batting eighth in the order, went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. Albert Cartwright went 2-for-4.

Lyles (1-0) allowed five hits and two earned runs, striking out three and walking one. Relievers Henry Villar, Patrick Urckfitz and Daniel Meszaros allowed two runs combined over the next four innings.

Brandon Barnes scored the Legends' first run of the season on a wild pitch. Ricardo Bonfante added an RBI single later in the third inning to make it 2-0.

Lexington scored three more runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Federico Hernandez had an RBI single, and Rosario hit a two-run triple.

West Virginia loaded the bases in the eighth, but Urckfitz got Bobby Spain to ground into an inning-ending force-out.