Lexington Legends

Legends eliminated from first-half race

Four Rome pitchers combined to hold the Legends to two hits as the Braves took a 3-2 victory in Lexington on Wednesday afternoon.

The loss eliminated the Legends from the South Atlantic League Southern Division first-half race. The Braves won two out of three in the series.

Lexington will close the first half of the season with a four-game series at Asheville starting on Thursday.

The Legends scored first Wednesday. Bubba Starling walked, moved from first to third on a wild pitch by Rome starter Andry Ubiera, and scored on a two-out single by Fred Ford.

Rome moved in front with two runs in the top of the fifth.

During the inning, Legends starting pitcher Alec Mills had to leave the game with an injury after making a throw to second on a pickoff attempt.

There was no immediate report on the extent of the injury to Mills, who had pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings through the fourth inning Wednesday.

Mills is one of two Legends scheduled to take part in Tuesday's South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Lakewood, N.J. Pitcher Christian Binford is Lexington's other All-Star.

Chas Byrne relieved Mills with a 2-2 count to Joey Meneses. Meneses eventually drew a walk, loading the bases. A walk to Blake Brown forced in a run to tie the game. After Jose Peraza flied out, a walk to Levi Hyams forced in the go-ahead run.

The Braves added a run in the eighth inning for a 3-1 lead.

The Legends cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning. Kenny Diekroeger led off with a single, and Jin-Ho Shin was hit by a pitch. Ethan Chapman sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Diekroeger scored on a groundout by Humberto Arteaga. Starling then hit a line drive headed for right center field, but a leaping catch by second baseman Eric Garcia ended the rally.

Zach Jadofsky (4-1) got the win. Mills (2-3) took the loss.

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