Lexington left fielder Dominique Taylor doubled down the line in extra innings to halt a short but strong stretch for the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night.
Taylor drove in the eventual winning run in the 10th inning as the Legends beat the GreenJackets 6-5 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
With the game tied at 5 in the 10th, Taylor doubled down the left field line, scoring Ramon Torres from first base.
The play at the plate was close after a strong relay, but Torres slid under the tag to score the go-ahead run.
“We came out swinging the bat pretty good in the first three innings and got one hit after that,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “Extra-inning game, they got the big double, we threw high and he got underneath the tag. It was a great ballgame for both sides.”
Lexington (26-36) beat Augusta (30-30) for just the third time in 10 games this season. The loss halted a three-game winning streak for the GreenJackets that included
Taylor went 2 for 5 with two RBI, and Torres went 3 for 4 with two doubles and one RBI. Lexington’s Frank Schwindel and Mauricio Ramos each had two hits and one RBI.
After a two-run first inning for Lexington, Augusta responded with two in the second on a Chris Lofton RBI double and error.
The Legends scored three in the third on RBI doubles by Schwindel and Ramos, and a Taylor RBI single. The GreenJackets again tied it in the home half on a walked-in run and two-run single by John Polonius.
Polonius went 2 for 4 with two RBI, giving him eight hits and eight RBI in his past 11 at-bats.
Legends reliever Jose Rodriguez stopped the bleeding by allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings between the sixth and eighth. He featured a strong slider that kept the GreenJackets off balance, giving the Legends a chance to eventually score the winning run.
“He’s got an out pitch. He’s got a great slider,” Goff said. “He killed the momentum of the ballgame and they got the big hit. That’s what it came down to.”