Tyler Nevin had four hits and Vince Fernandez, Manny Melendez and Nevin each drove in two runs as the Asheville Tourists pulled away late in the game for an 8-3 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon in Asheville.
The Tourists opened the scoring with a run in the second inning. Bobby Wernes led off with a single, and , with one out, stole second base. Brian Serven popped out, but Manny Melendez singled, scoring Wernes.
Asheville extended its lead to 4-0 with three runs in the third. With one out, Willie Abreu singled. He moved to second on a balk. Nevin reached base on an error by third baseman Emmanuel Rivera, and Colton Welker walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Wernes scored a run, and Fernandez followed with a two-run double.
The Legends came back with three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Meibrys Viloria singled and scored on a double by Manny Olloque. Olloque came home on a double by Joe Dudek, and Dudek scored on a two-out single by Marten Gasparini, cutting Asheville's lead to one.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the eighth. Wernes was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Fernandez singled, and Serven sacrificed the runners to second and third. Melendez singled home a run, and after Taylor Snyder struck out and Max George popped up, Abreu singled, scoring Fernandez. Then Nevin, who had a 5-for-5 day against the Legends in Lexington August 20, singled for his fourth hit of the game, driving in Serven and Melendez and giving the Tourists their final margin.
Asheville starter Matt Dennis (7-6) worked six and one-third innings and got the win. Legends starter Garrett Davila (8-7) took the loss.
Asheville won two out of three in the series. After an off day, the Legends will begin their final home series of the season Tuesday night when they play the Augusta GreenJackets at 7:05 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends and GreenJackets will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the first of two seven-inning games scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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