Lexington Legends

Cruz leads Legends to third straight win

Luis Cruz pitched 72⁄3 innings of shutout baseball and Matt Duffy had four hits as the Lexington Legends won their third straight game against the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-1 Sunday in North Carolina.

The Legends took the lead with two runs in the top of the third inning. Chan Jong Moon drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by Delino DeShields Jr. and to third on a single by Jordan Scott. Moon scored on a ground out by Zach Johnson, and Duffy followed with a single, scoring Scott.

The Legends added another run in the sixth inning on doubles by Duffy and Drew Muren.

The Legends put the game away with three runs in the ninth. With one out, DeShields Jr. drew a walk. Scott singled for his third hit of the game, moving DeShields to second. Johnson's single brought home DeShields to make the score 4-0. Johnson leads the South Atlantic League with 46 RBI.

Duffy followed with a double, scoring Scott and sending Johnson to third, from where he scored on a single by Brandon Meredith. Muren singled to bring in Duffy.

Kannapolis scored its only run in the bottom of the ninth on a double by Mark Haddow, a ground out and an infield hit by Collin Kuhn.

Cruz (4-1) gave up three hits and had seven strikeouts.