Having clinched a first-half division title despite losing to Greenville a day earlier, the Asheville Tourists got back to winning on Thursday night.
Delta Cleary Jr., the Tourists' leadoff hitter, went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a homer, drove in two runs and scored three as Asheville edged the Lexington Legends 5-4 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The Legends, in the last series of the half, had won nine of their previous 12 games.
But a two-run rally in the sixth inning was cut short with the bases loaded, leaving the game tied at 4.
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Cleary led off the ninth inning with a double to left. He scored on Taylor Featherston's one-out base hit to left.
The Legends got off to a good start in the first by cutting down Cleary at the plate, then taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Cleary tried to score from second on Will Swanner's two-out single.
The Golden Gophers connection — former Minnesota standouts Justin Gominsky and Mike Kvasnicka — saved the run, though. Gominsky came up firing from right field. Kvasnicka made a diving swipe to nab Cleary.
Delino DeShields Jr. led off the Lexington first with a base hit up the middle. He took second on Jordan Scott's bunt and advanced to third with his league-leading 43rd stolen base. That's just five shy of the team record set by Josh Anderson in 2004.
Zach Johnson's double scored DeShields.
Asheville tied in the third, getting back-to-back doubles by Cleary and Rosell Herrera.
Matt Duffy answered in the bottom of the third with a solo shot to left, his 11th home run of the season.
Asheville hit for the cycle and scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Cleary provided the big blow, a two-run homer to right.
With two outs in the sixth, the Legends rapped four consecutive hits to make it 4-all.
Jesse Wierzbicki doubled in one run, and he scored on Brandon Meredith's single.
DeShields struck out on a full-count pitch to end the inning, stranding three.