Mike Salvatore drew a bases-loaded walk and Julio Rodriguez drove in a run while being hit by a pitch in a two-run sixth inning that lifted the West Virginia Power to a 4-1 win over the Lexington Legends Saturday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Power left 14 runners on base in the win, but the unusual way in which the team scored a pair of runs off losing pitcher Charlie Neuweiler gave West Virginia all the offense it needed. Starting pitcher Devin Sweet (4-4) threw seven innings and gave up just one run while striking out a career-high 10 to get the win.
Dayeison Arias pitched the eighth and ninth, striking out two, to pick up his sixth save for West Virginia (9-8 second half, 46-41 overall), which has now taken two of the first three games of the four-game set against its nearest South Atlantic League rival.
The Legends dropped to 5-12 in the second half and 42-44 overall. Neuwilier (3-9) hit a pair of West Virginia batters and walked three in 51/3 innings.
The teams finish the series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday before the Power has an off day Monday. The team returns to Charleston for a three-game set against Delmarva beginning at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.