Luis Cruz, making his first start of the season, combined with two relievers for a five-hit shutout as the Lexington Legends beat the Rome Braves 2-0 in Rome, Ga., on Thursday night.
Cruz (1-0), a regular starter for the Legends last season, allowed four hits in 51⁄3 innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.
Brian Streilein gave up one hit in 22⁄3 innings, and closer Jorge DeLeon worked the ninth for his ninth save.
Both Lexington runs came in the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly by Chris Wallace scored Jiovanni Mier, and an Enrique Hernandez groundout drove in Adam Bailey.
Mike Kvasnicka and Roberto Pena had two hits apiece for the Legends, who took the opener of a four-game series.
Cruz, who started the year with the Advanced Single-A Lancaster JetHawks of the California League, lowered his ERA with the Legends to 2.04. He had a 14.54 ERA with Lancaster.
Rome starter Ronan Pacheco (2-5) took the loss, though he only allowed one earned run in four innings.