Ericson Leonora broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Charleston RiverDogs to a 2-1 win over the Lexington Legends on Tuesday night at Riley Park in front of 4,845 fans.
The RiverDogs (25-26, 64-55 overall) struck first in the third inning. After a leadoff bunt single by Daniel Aldrich, Jake Cave hit a double down the right-field line to score Aldrich and put the RiverDogs up, 1-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, Lexington (30-21, 63-56) played small ball and tied the game. Terrance Gore dropped down a one-out bunt single, took second on a throwing error, went to third on another bunt single by Raul Mondesi, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Threlkeld to tie the game at 1.
Hoping to avoid extra innings, the RiverDogs broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth. Ty Afenir reached on an infield single to lead off the inning. After being sacrificed to second base by Cave, Afenir scored on a single by Leonora.
Game 2 of this three-game series is at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Riley Park . Charleston will send out LHP Daniel Camarena (3-6, 4.72 ERA), while Lexington will counter with LHP Daniel Stumpf (10-7, 2.85 ERA).