Julian Yan's leadoff home run in the bottom of the 11thinning gave the Asheville Tourists an 8-7 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday. The game-winner was Yan's second home run of the game.
The Legends trailed 7-4 in the eighth inning, but rallied to tie the game. With two outs and runners at second and third, Raul Mondesi, who was four-for-six in the game, singled up the middle. Fred Ford and Alex Hudak scored on Mondesi's hit, and when the ball got by center fielder Max White for an error, Mondesi circled the bases and scored the tying run.
The score remained 7-7 until Yan's homer in the 11th.
Lexington's Bubba Starling was five-for-five, with four singles and a double.
The Tourists swept the four-game series, winning three of the games by one run.
Asheville took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a double by Francisco Sosa, a sacrifice by Matt Argyropoulos, and a ground out by Dillon Thomas.
The Legends moved in front with two runs in the third inning. With two outs, Mondesi bunted for a hit. Humberto Arteaga singled, and Mondesi came around to score when White overthrew third base. Arteaga reached third on the play, and scored on a single by Starling, giving the Legends a 2-1 lead.
Asheville reclaimed the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Juan Ciriaco singled, stole second and third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rosell Herrera. White walked, and Tom Murphy brought him home with a double.
Hudak's two-run double in the fourth put the Legends in front 4-3, but the Tourists tied it again on Yan's first homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Asheville took a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. One run scored on a double by Matt Wessinger and two wild pitches, and Murphy's double brought home Herrera, who had walked with two outs.
The Tourists added a run in the sixth when Yan reached on an error by third baseman Michael Antonio, stole second, went to third on a single by Ciriaco, and scored when pitcher Aroni Nina committed an error while fielding a ball hit by Wessinger.
In the top of the eighth, Antonio walked, but was forced out at second on Mark Threlkeld's grounder. Ford doubled, sending Threlkeld to third. Hudak hit a ground ball to pitcher Brook Hart, who caught Threlkeld in a rundown between third and home. Before he was tagged out, Ford reached third and Hudak moved to second. That set up the two-run single by Mondesi, the error by White, and Mondesi's trip around the bases that tied the game.
Andrew Brown (3-0), who entered the game at the start of the 11th inning, got the win. Ali Williams (3-4), who relieved in the bottom of the 11th, took the loss.
The Legends finished the first half of the season with 33 wins and 35 losses. They will start second half play Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against Savannah. Game time is 7:05 p.m.