Kannapolis rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 3-2 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday afternoon.
With that loss and Charleston’s 2-0 win over Hickory, the Legends’ lead in the South Atlantic League Southern Division is down to one game.
After six scoreless innings, the Legends broke through with two runs in the seventh. Raul Mondesi led off with a single, and came around to score on Mark Threlkeld’s double. Threlkeld tried to advance to third on a wild pitch, and scored when catcher Brent Tanner’s throw went into left field.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Tanner drew a walk from Legends reliever Matt Murray. Tanner moved to second on a single by Kale Kiser, and scored on Eric Grabe’s single. Mark Peterson relieved Murray and struck out Nick Basto for the second out. Jacob May then hit a grounder to Mondesi at shortstop, but Mondesi’s throw for a force play at second went into right field for an error, allowing Kiser to score the tying run. Tim Anderson followed with a single to right field, scoring Grabe with the deciding run.
Euclides Leyer (4-13) got the win in relief. Murray (1-2) took the loss.
Legends starter Miguel Almonte allowed one hit in six shutout innings. He struck out one batter and walked none.
The Legends open a series in Rome Thursday night. Game time is 7 p.m.