Lexington Legends

Diaz comes through in a pinch

Pinch hitter Michael Diaz hit a bases-loaded single in the top of the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Lexington Legends to a 5-2 victory over the host Lakewood BlueClaws on Monday night.

The win salvaged a split of the four-game series. Lexington has won twice in its past 10 games.

Brian Pellegrini led off the top of the 11th with a single to center off Lakewood reliever Eryk McConnell, and Eric Suttle followed with a bunt for a hit.

After Andrew Simunic's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, McConnell intentionally walked Steve Brown to load the bases.

Any hopes for an inning-ending double play were dashed when Diaz ripped a line drive to right, scoring two runs. Ebert Rosario's sac fly scored Brown and set the final score.

Legends reliever Patrick Urckfitz pitched 11⁄3 scoreless innings to improve his record to 4-0.