Left-hander Cody Reed tossed six shutout innings Wednesday as Class A Lexington beat Asheville 6-3 in the opener of a doubleheader.
The Tourists won the nightcap 7-3. Both games went seven innings.
Reed, 1-6, scattered four hits, walked one and struck out four in by far his best performance of the season. Reed, the Royals’ second-round pick in last year’s draft, saw his ERA drop to 6.98.
Center fielder Dominique Taylor had two doubles and knocked in a pair of runs. Center fielder Elier Hernandez hit a solo homer as part of a two-hit game.
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In the second game, Asheville scored three in the seventh and broke open a close game. Starter Pedro Fernandez, 0-4, allowed three runs in four innings. He walked four and gave up four hits. Reliever Luis Rico gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks in three innings.
DH Mauricio Ramos had three hits and an RBI.
Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run homer as part of a five-RBI night as Class AAA Omaha won 10-4 at Sacramento. Giavotella had three hits and scored twice. All but one Storm Chasers starter had at least one hit. Catcher Jesus Flores had three hits, too. Paulo Orlando, Whit Merrifield, Jimmy Paredes and Brett Eibner each had two hits. Omaha’s 16 hits came in support of John Lamb, who allowed two runs in five innings. Lamb, 3-5, gave up four hits, walked four and struck out six. Chris Dwyer walked gave up a hit and threw two wild pitches, but allowed just one run in his lone inning of work.
J.C. Sulbaran gave up just one run in five innings, but he still took the loss as Class AA Northwest Arkansas fell 1-0 at Springfield. Sulbaran, 3-5, gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out six. The Naturals didn’t get a runner to second base until Micah Gibbs doubled with two outs in the ninth, but Mark Threlkeld struck out to end the game.