Lexington Legends

Harper homers; Suns pound Lexington in opener

David Freitas hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the Hagerstown Suns beat the Lexington Legends 8-2 in the opener of a four-game series in Maryland.

Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles who hit his first homer in Lexington last month, blasted his seventh of the season in the third, a two-run shot that put the Suns up 3-1. They added one run in the fifth and four in the seventh on Freitas' slam to put the game out of reach.

Lexington's Gabriel Garcia had relieved starter Juan Minaya (0-2) in the sixth, and the Legends chose to walk the bases full in the seventh rather than face Harper. But the 6-foot-2 225-pounder out of the University of Hawaii made them pay with his third home run of the year.

The loss dropped the Legends (15-12) into a tie for first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. Hagerstown is a half-game behind Hickory in the North.