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Hickory Crawdads first baseman Tyreque Reed (37) sets up on defense against the West Virginia Power in a late July game at L.P. Frans Stadium.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Tyreque Reed homered and had three hits, driving in three runs as the Hickory Crawdads extended their season by beating the host Lexington Legends 5-1 on Thursday in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League championship series.

Up 1-0 in the fourth, Hickory extended its lead when Miguel Aparicio hit a two-run home run.

The Legends cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Rubendy Jaquez hit an RBI single, bringing home Rudy Martin.

The Crawdads later tacked on a run in both the seventh and ninth innings. In the seventh, Reed hit a solo home run before he hit a sacrifice fly to score Jax Biggers in the ninth.

Tai Tiedemann (5-2) got the win in 2 2/3 innings of middle relief, allowing one hit, one walk and one earned run after starter Ricky Vanasco walked four in 3 2/3 no-hit innings with six strikeouts. Nick Snyder earned the save in two perfect innings to close things, striking out three.

Lexington starter Charlie Neuweiler (7-11) took the loss.

Biggers (two runs) and Matt Whatley each had two hits and walked once for Hickory, and Pedro Gonzalez doubled and scored a run.

With defending SAL champion Lexington leading the best-of-5 series 2-1 and staying home the remainder of the way, Game 4 is set for Friday at 7:05 p.m. Game 5 (if necessary) would be played Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

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