Estarlin Martinez drove in five runs and Will Piwnica-Worms added four more as the Hagerstown Suns took a 16-9 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday.
The Legends had a 6-1 lead in the middle of the third inning, built on homers by Raul Mondesi and Fred Ford. But after the Legends had scored five runs in the top of the third, the Suns came back to take a 7-6 lead with six in the bottom half, three on a bases-clearing double by Piwnica-Worms.
Mondesi hit his second home run of the game and third of the season leading off the fourth to tie the game at 7-7, but the Suns reclaimed the lead with a run in the fifth, and then exploded for eight runs in the sixth. A walk to Tony Renda, a single by Khayyan Norfork and a walk to Shawn Pleffner loaded the bases. Brandon Miller was called out on strikes, but Piwnica-Worms walked, forcing in a run. Martinez then cleared the bases with a double down the left field line, giving the Suns a 12-7 lead. Stephen Perez and Pedro Severino singled, scoring Martinez, and Wilmer Difo followed with a three-run homer, putting Hagerstown up 16-7.
The Legends added two runs in the eighth inning, one on a ground out by Bubba Starling, the other on a bases-loaded walk to Michael Antonio.
Hagerstown reliever Travis Henke (1-1), who entered the game in the third inning, worked three and two-thirds and got the win. Ali Williams (3-3), who relieved starter Miguel Almonte in the third inning, was the losing pitcher.
The Legends return to Whitaker Bank Ballpark for a seven-game homestand that begins Monday night against the Kannapolis Intimidators, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Game time is 7:05 p.m.