Marten Gasparini drove in the tie-breaking run with a double in the ninth inning, and the Lexington Legends held on a for a 3-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Saturday night in Augusta.
Meibrys Viloria led off the ninth with a double and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Amalani Fukofuka. Gasparini then doubled to left field, scoring Viloria.
The GreenJackets threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Cristian Paulino and Will Albertson started the inning with walks, and Brandon Van Horn sacrificed the runners to second and third. But Ashford Fulmer lined out to second baseman Angelo Castellano, and Sandro Fabian was called out on strikes to end the game.
The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Castellano singled with one out, stole second, and came home on a double by Gabriel Cancel.
Augusta tied the game in the fifth on two walks, a hit batsman and a ground out, but the Legends reclaimed the lead in the sixth. With one out, Joe Dudek walked. He moved to third when second baseman Kelvin Beltre committed a throwing error after fielding a ground ball hit by Manny Olloque. A single by Viloria scored Dudek.
The scored remained 2-1 until the bottom of the eighth inning when Beltre led off with a single and scored on a two-out triple by Ryan Kirby.
Matt Wynne (1-0), who just joined the Legends from extended spring training, got the win in his first appearance with Lexington. Grant Gavin pitched the bottom of the ninth and picked up his second save.
Patrick Ruotolo (1-1), who pitched the top of the ninth, took the loss.
Game two of the four-game series will be played Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2:05.
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