The Savannah Sand Gnats ninth-inning rally fell three runs short as the Tourists hung on to defeat the Gnats, 6-3, at Historic Grayson Stadium.
Josh Stinson (0-1) was saddled with the loss while Andy Graham (1-0) picked up his first win of the 2007 season.
The Gnats, who were trailing 6-1 in the ninth, gave the Tourists a good scare beginning with a single by Juan Lagares off of the new Asheville pitcher Tommy Baumgardner.
Two errors on the play allowed Lagares to reach third base, and he would come around to score on a wild pitch to make it 6-2 Asheville.
Francisco Pena would then reach base safely with a hot-shot off of first base. Baumgardner then walked Daniel Stegall and gave up a single to Ventura. Pena scored on Ventura's third hit of the evening to make it 6-3.
With two on and no outs, Baumgardner settled down and got Jonathan Sanchez to strike out looking and induced Josh Thole to hit into a game-ending double play.
Asheville and Savannah each scored one run in the first, but it was the Tourists who would score the next 5 runs up until the ninth inning
Neither team would score again until the top of the fourth when with two down and runners on first and second, Asheville's Bret Berglund doubled to right field and cleared the bases to make it 3-1 Tourists.
Asheville would tack on three more in the eighth inning and put the game out of reach.
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