HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- Carlos Hernandez, Tyler Gray and Emilio Marquez combined for a shutout as the Lexington Legends defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-0 on Tuesday in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League championship series.
The win gives Lexington a 2-0 lead as it heads back home for the completion of the series starting Thursday.
Hernandez (4-3) went five scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out six and walking three to get the win. Eric Cole Winn (4-4) went five innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He also struck out six and walked two.
In the top of the third, Lexington grabbed the lead on a single by Jeison Guzman that scored Rudy Martin. The Legends then added three runs in both the fifth and ninth innings. In the fifth, Chris Hudgins hit a two-run home run, while Cole hit a three-run home run in the ninth.
Cole homered and singled twice, driving home four runs and scoring a couple in the win.
Hickory was held scoreless for the sixth time this season, while the Lexington staff recorded its sixth shutout of the year.