By Doug Maurer / Asheville Tourists | May 7, 2017 5:51 PM ET
KANNAPOLIS--After six starts, Alejandro Requena finally notched his first win of the season. Asheville's starting pitcher spearheaded another great pitching performance by Asheville and that combined with Willie Abreu's offensive outburst led the Tourists to a 4-1 win.
Abreu gave the Tourists a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the top of the first inning. In the third, the Kannapolis Intimidators' starting pitcher Bernardo Flores issued back-to-back walks ahead of Abreu. Willie wasted no time coming through again. On Flores' first pitch, Abreu crushed his second Home Run of the season; a three-run bomb to deep right field.
The Intimidators strung together a pair of two outs hits in the fifth for their first and only run of the game. Joel Booker scored Tyler Sullivan with a double off the wall in right-centerfield.
Requena bounced back from a rough start his last outing to put together a strong performance. The Tourists right-hander went seven innings and his only blemish was the fifth inning run. Julian Fernandez spelled Requena and tossed a scoreless eighth. Justin Lawrence worked a one, two, three ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.
Cole Anderson finished 3-for-4 while Abreu and Max George each ended up with two hits. Asheville now leads the series over Kannapolis two games to one with the finale set for Monday night at 7:05pm.
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