LEXINGTON — Nick Tropeano and two Lexington relievers combined to shut out the Asheville Tourists on four hits as the Legends won 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Tropeano, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth, allowed three hits in seven innings. He struck out seven, bringing his season total to 91, second in the South Atlantic League. Murilo Gouvea (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth and got the win, and Dayan Diaz set the side down in order in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Asheville starter Tyler Anderson (5-1) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits.
The Tourists threatened in the seventh, but Justin Gominsky's throw to catcher Roberto Pena cut down Ryan Casteel at the plate, and the game remained scoreless.
The Legends broke through against Anderson in the bottom of the eighth. Brandon Meredith led off with a triple and scored when Gominsky singled to left field. After Pena's sacrifice bunt moved Gominsky to second, Chan Jong Moon doubled to deep center field, scoring Gominsky with the game's final run.
The game wrapped up the first half of the season for both teams. Lexington finished with a mark of 39-30, good for fourth place in the Southern division.