The Lexington Legend’s Chase Vallot hit a home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, but Kannapolis pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning to win 6-5 in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.
John Ziznewski led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eddy Alvarez. After Christian Stringer walked, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Louie Lechich was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Ryan Leonards followed with a single to left field, scoring Ziznewski with the winning run.
Lexington’s Ryan O’Hearn hit his South Atlantic League-leading 12th home run of the season in the first inning. The homer was O’Hearn’s third in three games and fourth in his last five.
■ Los Angeles Angels prospect Trevor Gott, a former Tates Creek and University of Kentucky standout, was promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Gott was 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA at Double-A Arkansas. He had converted all eight of his save opportunities.