Murilo Gouvea struck out 10 batters, seven of them swinging, and allowed only one hit in four innings of relief as the Lexington Legends held on for a 3-2 win over the Greenville Drive Saturday night in Greenville, S.C.
After Greenville scored a run in the second inning, Lexington's Emilio King, hitting ninth in the batting order, hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Legends in front 2-1. It was the right fielder's sixth homer of the season.
The Legends added another run in the fourth when Ben Heath led off with a double to left and Tyler Burnett knocked him in with a single to center.
Greenville cut the lead to one with an unearned run in the ninth and had the tying run on second base, but Gouvea struck out the next three hitters to end the game. He also struck out the side in the eighth.
Heath and Jhonny Medrano each had two hits for the Legends.
Starter Ruben Alaniz (6-9) pitched the first five innings to get the win. He allowed only one run on three hits.
It was the first save for Gouvea, whose fastball and curveball stymied Greenville's lineup.