Andrew Cain’s home run broke a 3-3 tie in the 12thinning, and the Augusta GreenJackets took a 6-3 win over the Lexington Legends Thursday night.
The victory was Augusta’s second straight 12-inning win over the Legends. The GreenJackets won Wednesday afternoon’s game 2-1.
Augusta, which is in first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division, won two out of three in the series, and extended their lead to three and one-half games over the second-place Legends.
Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Terrance Gore walked and then stole his league-leading 66th base. He went to third when Mark Threlkeld’s grounder past shortstop Travious Relaford for an error, and scored on Bubba Starling’s single.
The Legends added a run in the third. Threlkeld singled, moved to third on Starling’s single and scored as Hunter Dozier grounded out.
Augusta got on the board in the fourth on a double by Joey Rapp, a ground out, and a single by Ben Turner.
Turner’s two-run homer in the sixth inning put the GreenJackets in front 3-2, but the Legends tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Raul Mondesi.
The score remained 3-3 until the 12th. Cain led off with his ninth home run of the year. Relaford followed with a triple. He held at third as Rando Moreno grounded out, but scored when Shawn Payne grounded to Mondesi, the shortstop, whose throw to home was wide and went to the backstop. Payne advanced to second on the error, and scored on a base hit by Delfino.
Augusta reliever Stephen Johnson (4-1) got the win. Tyler Mizenko pitched the bottom of the 12th and picked up his 24th save, tying him with Rome’s Shae Simmons for the league lead.
Lexington reliever Zeb Sneed (1-1) was the losing pitcher.
The Legends remain at home to play a three-game series against the Greenville Drive. Game time Friday is 7:05 p.m.