Home runs by Jimmy Paredes and Jake Goebbert, along with strong middle relief work from Brenden Stines, helped the Lexington Legends take a series-opening 9-6 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Friday night in Salisbury, Md.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning. The Legends put three more on the board in the second, when Paredes hit a two-run homer, his first as a Legend since being acquired in a trade with the New York Yankees organization.
Garabez Rosa's two-run homer in the bottom of the third trimmed the lead to 6-5.
The Legends held a 7-6 lead with two outs in the top of the eighth when Goebbert hit his ninth home run of the year.
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Goebbert had three hits and scored four runs for the Legends, and Miguel Arrendell and Jonathan Meyer each had two RBI for Lexington.
Stines (2-0), who relieved starter Juan Minaya in the fourth inning, got the win. He allowed one run in three innings. He had four strikeouts.