LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Columbia Fireflies scored three runs in the first inning and then held on for a 3-2 win over the Lexington Legends in front of 7,590 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Lexington starter Ofredys Gomez struck out the first two batters in the first inning, but Michael Paez drew a walk and scored on a double by Dash Winningham. Luis Carpio and Tim Tebow also walked, loading the bases, and Jay Jabs followed with a double to right field, scoring Winningham and Carpio.
Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, played left field and batted sixth for Columbia. In addition to the walk, he grounded out and struck out twice in four plate appearances.
The Legends scored both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out Emmanuel Rivera singled and scored on a double by Meibrys Viloria. After John Brontsema walked, Joe Dudek singled, scoring Viloria with the second run.
Columbia starter Merandy Gonzalez (6-1) pitched six innings and got the win. Adonis Uceta worked the seventh and eighth, and Max Kuhns retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his second save. Tebow made a diving catch on a line drive hit by Manny Olloque for the final out in the bottom of the ninth.
Game two of the four-game series will be played Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.