Peter Tago, rated as one of the top players in the Colorado Rockies' farm system, pitched seven strong innings in his professional debut and the Asheville Tourists defeated the Lexington Legends 3-2 on Friday night in Asheville, N.C.
The game was scoreless with one out in the bottom of the fourth when Bryce Massanari reached on an error by Legends shortstop Ben Orloff. Dustin Garneau followed with a double off the wall in right field, sending Massanari to third. Kyle Parker's single scored one run, and a sacrifice fly by Helder Velasquez brought Garneau in, giving Asheville a 2-0 lead.
The Legends got one back in the fifth on Chris' Wallace ninth home run of the year, and then tied the game with a run in the seventh.
Asheville broke the tie with a run in the seventh. Brett Tanos was hit by pitch to open the inning. After Jason Chowning relieved starter Ruben Alaniz, singles by Russell Wilson and Cristhian Adames loaded the bases. Rafael Ortega's sacrifice fly scored Tanos with the tie-breaking run.
Alaniz (2-3) gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He had six strikeouts.
Chowning, who starred at Eastern High School, pitched two innings and lowered his ERA to 1.25 this season.