Every Asheville batter had a hit with the exception of Alec Mehrten, but the Tourists were drilled by Lexington, 15-7, on Wednesday on the strength of 10 unanswered runs by the Legends to close out the game.
After Max White singled to center with one out to drive in a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, White and Jordan Patterson were both caught stealing on the same play to kill Asheville's rally and keep their lead at 7-5. That proved to be the turning point of the game, as Lexington scored five times in the top of the sixth before adding four more in the seventh and one in the ninth.
Correlle Prime and Raimel Tapia both homered in the early going for the Tourists. Prime also drew a pair of walks to go with the homer -- his 11th -- and knocked in three runs. The big first baseman is hitting .326/.369/.716 with eight homers and 25 RBI this month.
Asheville starter Alex Balog surrendered six runs on seven hits in 5⅔ innings. He walked two and struck out five. Matt Carasiti also allowed six runs -- though only two were earned -- on three hits and three walks in an inning of relief.
Parker homers, but Sky Sox no match for Nashville
Yohan Flande allowed six runs on 11 hits in 2⅔ innings in Colorado Springs' 7-2 loss at Nashville. Flande struck out five batters during his short time on the mound but was knocked all over the field. He fell to 1-7 with a 5.32 ERA.
Jason Pridie had two of the other four hits, including a triple.
Chad Bettis had a dominant outing in relief, striking out four batters while allowing just a single in two scoreless innings. Bettis' Triple-A ERA is down to 2.08 after his third consecutive scoreless appearance.
Burke pitches Modesto to victory
Devin Burke scattered seven hits in six scoreless innings, striking out five and walking two en route to his fourth win in seven starts for Modesto, which topped similarly bad Inland Empire, 3-2. Burke, a 23-year-old right-hander, lowered his Cal League ERA to 3.03 and has allowed just three earned runs in his last 28⅓ innings, striking out 25 batters and walking 10 during that span.
David Kandilas, batting out of the leadoff spot, led the Nuts with two hits. Sean Dwyer hit a two-run homer, his second of the year, in the fourth inning.