The Lexington Legends are on a streak. A good streak. They opened a three-game homestand Tuesday by winning their fifth game in a row, 5-3 over the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Before their hot streak, the Legends had lost six in a row. Lexington had another favorable streak Tuesday, all five runs coming with two outs.
Winning pitcher Jordan Lyles (3-6) worked 61⁄3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out six. Ashton Mowdy threw 12⁄3 innings of perfect relief, and Patrick Urckfitz pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.
The start of the game was delayed 41 minutes because of rain and began in a drizzle.
Back-to-back two-out doubles by Federico Hernandez and Kyle Miller opened the scoring in the second inning.
The Legends made it 2-0 in the third. Albert Cartwright drew a two-out walk, stole second and moved to third on Brian Pellegrini's single. Ebert Rosario's single scored Cartwright.
Bowling Green got on the board in the fourth. Kyeong Kang led off with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. One out later, Kang scored on Jason Tweedy's grounder to second.
Lexington restored its two-run cushion in the fifth inning. Pellegrini, who reached on a walk and advanced on a balk, scored from second when the second baseman lost Steve Brown's high fly against dark clouds for a fluke hit.
The Legends made it 5-1, scoring twice in the sixth. Both scored on Pellegrini's bases-loaded, two-out single to the hole at shortstop. Pellegrini hustled to beat the throw to first, and Jay Austin scored from second behind Jorge De Leon. A walk, Jeremy Beckham's triple and a groundout produced two seventh-inning runs for the Hot Rods.
Pellegrini and Miller each had two of Lexington's nine hits. Brothers Tim and Jeremy Beckham each had two of the Hot Rods' six hits.
The Legends made several pre-game roster moves; see markmaloney.bloginky.com.