(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Asheville Tourists scored a run without a hit in the top of the 13th inning and held on to beat the Lexington Legends 4-3 in 13 innings Tuesday night.
Matt Wessinger led off the top of the 13th with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Matt Argyropoulos, and moved to third on a wild pitch by Legends reliever Cory Hall. Jason Stolz then hit a broken-bat grounder that went off the glove of first baseman Fred Ford for an error as Wessinger crossed the plate with the tie-breaking run.
Asheville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a walk to Francisco Sosa, a stolen base, an infield out and a passed ball.
The Tourists increased their margin to 3-0 in the sixth inning on back-to-back home runs by Rosell Herrera and Tom Murphy.
The Legends rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Terrance Gore led off with an infield single and stole second as Bubba Starling struck out. Cam Gallagher doubled to left field, scoring Gore. Michael Antonio flied out, but Jin-Ho Shin singled, scoring Gallagher to cut the lead to 3-2. Ford lined a double to right, sending Shin to third. After Ethan Chapman walked, Yowill Espinal's infield single scored Shin to even the score at 3-3.
From the seventh inning through the 12th, Lexington relievers Scott Alexander and Hall allowed only one baserunner. Argyropoulos drew a walk from Alexander in the 10th but was later caught stealing. Hall, who entered the game in the 11th, pitched two perfect innings before Asheville scored in the 13th.
Roberto Padilla (1-1), who entered the game in the bottom of the 10th, picked up the win. He struck out five batters and allowed three hits in three innings. Hall (0-1) took the loss.
Each team has won one game in the series, which concludes Wednesday. Game time is 10:05 a.m.