A five-run fifth inning put Asheville in front, and the Tourists went on to a 9-7 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night in Asheville.
After the Tourists scored a run in the first inning, the Legends took the lead on Joe Dudek’s two-run homer in the top of the second, and opened up a 7-1 lead with five runs in the fourth. Gabriel Cancel drew a leadoff walk to start the fourth. After Dudek flied out, Nick Hutchins and Max Bartlett singled, loading the bases. Marten Gasparini’s sacrifice fly scored one run, and Vance Vizcaino’s single brought home another. Khalil Lee singled, scoring Bartlett, and Emmanuel Rivera’s single scored Vizcaino and Lee.
Asheville answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Tyler Nevin led off with a single and moved to third on Bobby Wernes’ double. Infield outs by Vince Fernandez and Joel Diaz each drove in a run, cutting the Legends’ lead to four at 7-3.
Legends’ starter Ofreidy Gomez retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the fifth, but Max George and Willie Abreu walked, and Nevin’s single scored George. Wernes followed with a single, scoring Abreu, and Vince Fernandez capped the inning with a three-run homer, putting the Tourists in front 8-7.
Manny Melendez’ solo homer in the bottom of the seventh provided the final Asheville run.
Asheville reliever Kenny Oakley (4-3), who entered the game at the start of the fifth inning, got the win. Reid Humphreys worked a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.
Gomez (5-10) was the losing pitcher.
Asheville has won the first two games of the series, which concludes Wednesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
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