Lexington starter Garrett Davila was perfect through the first five and two-thirds innings, and allowed one hit in six shutout innings as the Legends rolled to a 9-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads Thursday night in Hickory.
Davila (7-6) retired the first 17 hitters he faced before Anderson Tejeda singled to center field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. In six innings, Davila struck out five batters and walked two.
Gabriel Cancel, Emmanuel Rivera and Marten Gasparini all homered for Lexington.
Cancel's two-run homer in the fourth opened the scoring. After Cancel's homer, his 12th of the season, Meibrys Viloria singled and scored on John Brontsema's double, giving the Legends a 3-0 lead.
They doubled that advantage in the fifth when Khalil Lee tripled, Angelo Castellano walked, and Rivera followed with a three-run shot to left center field, his 11th home run of the year.
Hickory scored its only run in the eighth inning when Blaine Prescott singled and Leody Taveras tripled.
Gasparini's three-run homer in the ninth, his ninth home run of the season, gave the Legends their final margin.
Ofreidy Gomez pitched the last three innings for the Legends and earned his first save.
Hickory starter (2-6) Michael Matuella took the loss.
Game two of the four-game series will be played Friday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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