Brian Pellegrini tied the Lexington Legends' single-season home-run record, and the Legends beat the Asheville Tourists 3-1 in Asheville, N.C., Tuesday night.
Each team scored a run in the fourth inning. Lexington's Albert Cartwright led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Michael Diaz and scored when Chris Jackson hit into a double play.
Asheville made it 1-all in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Michael Zuanich, David Christensen and Thomas Field loaded the bases, and Zuanich scored as Tyler Massey grounded into a double play.
Pellegrini's solo shot over the center-field wall in the sixth gave Lexington what proved to be the winning run. It was his 25th homer of the year, matching the mark set by Beau Hearod in 2004 and tied by Houston Astros All-Star Hunter Pence in 2005.
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The Legends added a run in the eighth. After a walk to Eric Suttle, Jeff Hulett and Pellegrini were hit by pitches to load the bases. Albert Cartwright hit a line drive to right center field, where David Christensen made a diving catch. The ball came out of his glove, but it was ruled that he had held it long enough for a catch. Christensen then threw to second to double up Hulett, but the run scored by Suttle was counted.