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Thursday in the minors: Starling's blast lifts Lexington to the win

Updated: 2013-05-31T04:14:51Z

Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that broke a tie and helped Low-A Lexington beat Hagerstown 5-2.

The Legends tweeted that the home run traveled 420 feet.

Hagerstown had tied the game with a solo shot in the top of the eighth, but Raul Mondesi singled and stole second ahead of Starling’s blast. Michael Antonio followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.

In his first start after pitching out of the bullpen, Alec Mills tossed six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits without a walk. He struck out six.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Jason Adam, a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Blue Valley Northwest, tied a Naturals record with 11 strikeouts, but took the loss as Corpus Christi won 5-0.

Adam pitched seven innings and gave up six hits and four runs with no walks.

The Naturals managed just three hits.

High-A Wilmington

Kyle Smith continued his strong season by allowing just one run on six hits in six innings as the Blue Rocks beat Carolina 4-3.

Smith, 3-1, threw 64 of his 95 pitches for strikes and got seven groundouts to one flyout. For the season he has a 2.00 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 54 innings. He’s walked just 18 this year and opponents are hitting just .193 against him.

Designated hitter Daniel Mateo hit a two-run homer in the first on Thursday for the Blue Rocks. Center fielder Lane Adams’ two-run double in the second made it 4-0.

Carolina scored twice in the ninth, but Antonio Cruz held on for the save.

Class AAA Omaha

Ryan Verdugo gave up five runs (just two earned) in 6 2/3 innings and took the loss as the Storm Chasers lost 8-1 at Oklahoma City.

It was a 1-1 game in the fourth when the RedHawks scored twice, then added two more in the fifth. They added three in the eighth thanks to a passed ball, balk, walk and three hits.

Xavier Nady’s home run accounted for the Storm Chasers’ only run.

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