Lexington Legends

Legends shut down league-leading RiverDogs 7-0

Luis Cruz and Murilo Gouvea combined on a three-hitter and the Lexington Legends earned a split of their four-game series with Charleston by beating the first-place River Dogs 7-0 Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Charleston, which has the best record in the South Atlantic League (15-5) and leads the Southern Division by two games, had a 10-game winning streak before losing back-to-back games to Lexington. The Legends have won six of their past eight games.

Zachary Johnson gave the hosts all the runs they would need with a two-run homer in the first. He also delivered an RBI double in the third during a three-run inning.

Johnson has driven in 29 runs, tied for the league lead.

Cruz (1-1) allowed two hits over seven innings while striking out six and walking one. Gouvea allowed one hit in the final two innings and fanned four.