For the second straight game, the Lexington Legends took a big early lead and then held off a late Asheville rally for a 7-6 win Thursday night in front of 5,116 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The Tourists had the tying run at third base when the game ended, as they did Wednesday afternoon, when the final score was also 7-6.
Yeison Melo's two-run homer gave the Legends the lead in the bottom of the second inning. In the third, Rudy Martin led off with a double and stole third base, his 13th steal in 16 games with the Legends. After Khalil Lee walked, Angelo Castellano drove in both runners with a triple to center field. Castellano came home on a single by Meibrys Viloria, and the Legends led 5-0.
Marten Gasparini's two-run double in the sixth gave the Legends a 7-0 lead, but the Tourists began their comeback in the top of the seventh, when Brian Serven hit a two-run homer.
The Tourists added two runs in the eighth inning. Singles by Manny Melendez and Jose Gomez, a wild pitch and a single by Colton Welker produced a run, and Gomez came home on a sacrifice fly by Willie Abreu.
Taylor Snyder led off the top of the ninth with a double, and Jacob Bosiokovic was hit by a pitch. Carlos Herrera sacrificed the runners to second and third, and both scored when Melendez doubled to left field. Melendez went to third on a ground out by Gomez, but after Welker was intentionally walked, Willie Abreu flied out to center field to end the game. Abreu also made the final out in Wednesday's game with Melendez on at third.
Legends starter Jace Vines (7-2), who will represent the Legends in the South Atlantic League All-Star game June 20, worked seven innings and got the win. Asheville starter Riley Pint (1-8) took the loss.
The Legends won two out of three in the series. They will remain at home for a three-game series against Hagerstown to close out the first half of the season. Game time Friday is 7:05 p.m.
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