Pena, DeShields push Legends past Suns

July 17, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Roberto Pena and Delino DeShields Jr. ripped back-to-back two-run hits in Lexington’s four-run eighth inning on Sunday to lead the Legends to a 6-2 win over the Hagerstown Suns in the South Atlantic League.

Hagerstown (13-10 second half, 53-40 overall) tied the game at 2 in the top of the eighth on Kevin Keyes’ ninth homer, a two-out solo shot to left off reliever Jorge De Leon (5-4).

But the Legends (9-15 second half, 44-50 overall) loaded the bases with one out against Suns reliever Tyler Hanks (0-1) and cashed in for the win.

Tyler Burnett reached on an infield single to second before Brad Orloff singled to right, and Bryce Lane walked with one out to load the bases. Pena doubled to left to break the tie and DeShields added insurance with his single to center to complete the four-run rally.

The loss drops the Suns 2 1/2 games behind Hickory in the Northern Division. Hagerstown has dropped four of its last five games.

The Suns grabbed a 1-0 lead in the sixth as Keyes doubled off Lexington starter Carlos Quevedo and scored on Jason Martinson’s two-out single.

The Legends tied the game at 1 in the sixth against Suns starter Matt Grace on Orloff’s RBI single off first baseman Russell Moldenhauer’s glove.

Lexington took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when DeShields bunted for a hit and took second on Hanks’ wild pitch before scoring from second when Jay Austin flew out to center fielder Micheal Taylor, who slipped after making the catch.

DeShields finished with three hits for Lexington.

David Freitas, Keyes and Martinson had two hits each for Hagerstown. Grace allowed one unearned run on six hits in six innings. Hanks gave up five runs on six hits in the loss.

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