Asheville starter Erick Julio pitched six and one-third scoreless innings as the Tourists blanked the Lexington Legends 7-0 in a rain-shortened game Monday night in Asheville.
Play was stopped with the Legends batting in the top of the eighth inning.
A solo homer by Max George in the bottom of the third gave the Tourists a 1-0 lead.
Asheville scored two more in the fourth. Bobby Wernes led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Joel Diaz, and scored on a wild pitch as Diaz advanced to second. Diaz went to third on a ground out and scored on a two-out double by Taylor Snyder.
A three-run rally that started with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth gave the Tourists a 6-0 lead. Tyler Nevin singled and went to third on a double by Wernes. A double by Diaz scored two runs, and Diaz came home when third baseman Emmanuel Rivera committed a throwing error after fielding a ball hit by Manny Melendez.
Willie Abreu's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh accounted for the final Asheville run.
Julio (5-10), got the win. He allowed six hits, walked one batter and struck out five. Rico Garcia pitched one inning in relief before rain halted play.
Legends starter Nolan Watson (1-8) was the losing pitcher.
Game two of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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