Lexington Legends

Legends get their shots in early, hold off Hoppers 7-4

Back-to-back first-inning homers by J.D. Martinez and Kody Hinze helped Lexington build a lead, and the Legends hung on to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-4 Saturday night at Applebee's Park.

Jose Altuve and Jiovanni Mier drew walks from Greensboro's Curtis Petersen, and Martinez hit his fifth homer of the year to put Lexington in front 3-0. Hinze followed with his seventh shot to make it 4-0.

Martinez doubled to lead off the third inning, and Hinze followed with an RBI single. The Legends then scored twice on an error and a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.

Greensboro cut the lead to 7-4 on a pair of two-run homers, one by Kyle Skipworth in the fourth inning and another by Fort Knox native Justin Bass in the fifth.

Lexington starter Jose Cisnero (2-1) struck out five and walked four through five innings to earn the win. Arcenio Leon allowed one hit over the next 32⁄3, but he walked the bases full with two outs in the ninth. Kirk Clark relieved and got the final out and a save.