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.
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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.