Lexington Legends

Drive hold off Legends after almost blowing six-run lead

The Lexington Legends rallied from an early six-run deficit to get within one, but the Greenville Drive pulled away to a 10-6 victory Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The win snapped Greenville's six-game losing streak and sent the Legends to their ninth loss in 13 games of the South Atlantic League season.

Greenville scored three runs in the first and three more in the second to open a 6-0 lead and make it a short night for Lexington starter Tanner Bushue, who left after the second.

Bushue (0-3) saw his ERA skyrocket to 22.09 on the young season, and it could have been worse. Two of the runs were unearned because of the pitcher's errors.

Bushue's throwing error led to the first Greenville run and Henry Ramos doubled in two more in the Drive's first inning.

In the second, a fielding error by Bushue allowed a runner to reach who came around on Blake Swihart's three-run homer.

Lexington made a game of it with two runs in the fourth, the first on Zachary Johnson's third home run, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to close within 7-6, but Greenville held on thanks to solid relief pitching and a three-run ninth.

Keury De La Cruz had three hits and drove in two runs for the Drive.

The teams wrap up their three-game series with a morning game Wednesday at 10:05.