The Asheville Tourists built an eight-run lead after four innings and then held on for an 8-5 win over the Lexington Legends Saturday night in Asheville.
The Tourists scored two runs in the first inning. Max George led off with a single, Willie Abreu walked, and both runners scored on a double by Tyler Nevin.
Asheville added a run in the third inning before pulling away with five runs in the fourth. Jacob Bosiokovic was hit by a pitch to start the fourth. He stole second and beat a throw to third after Taylor Snyder hit a ground ball to shortstop Angelo Castellano. George followed with a single, scoring Bosiokovic, and when the ball got past left fielder Marten Gasparini for an error, Snyder and George also came around to score. Willie Abreu struck out, but Nevin doubled and moved to third on a single by Colton Welker. After Michael Silva relieved starter Travis Eckert for Lexington, Nevin scored when Bobby Wernes grounded out to first. Vince Fernandez drew a walk, and Joel Diaz followed with a double, scoring Welker and giving the Tourists an 8-0 lead.
The eight-run margin held up until the top of the eighth. Gasparini led off with a single and came around to score on a double by Michael Gigliotti. Gigliotti advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a throwing error by Diaz, the catcher. Vance Vizcaino and Khalil Lee drew walks, and after Max Bartlett lined out to right field, Gabriel Cancel doubled home one run. Lee scored when Manny Olloque grounded out, leaving the score at 8-4.
The Legends scored another run in the ninth. Gigliotti reached first on a two-out error by second baseman Jose G. Rodriguez . Vizcaino followed with a single, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Khalil Lee's single brought Gigliotti home, but reliever Julian Fernandez struck out Bartlett to end the game.
Asheville starter Rico Garcia (1-2) blanked the Legends on four hits through six and one-third innings and got the win.
Eckert (6-9) was the losing pitcher.
Each team has won one game in the series, which concludes Sunday. Game time is 2:05 p.m.
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