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Braves hold on late, beat K-Mets 5-3

Pat Kenney • Aug 20, 2017 at 1:53 AM

DANVILLE, Va. — Danville built a 5-1 lead then fought back a late rally by Kingsport to earn a 5-3 Appalachian League victory on Saturday.

The K-Mets opened the scoring after Gavin Garay led off the third inning with a double. He advanced to third on a single by Grabiel Jimenez and scored on a groundout by Oliver Pascual.

The Braves (28-28) evened the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and they took the lead for good with two more runs in the fifth. Another two-spot in the seventh moved the advantage to 5-1.

Kingsport (25-29) pushed across two runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Juan Uriarte and Dionis Paulino to narrow the deficit to 5-3, but the K-Mets could get no closer.

Raysheandall Michel had three hits and Derian Cruz rapped out two to lead Danville.

Braves starting pitcher Odalvi Javier (4-2) earned the win after pitching 6 1-3 innings. Javier gave up one earned run and struck out four.

Uriarte, Wagner Lagrange and Jimenez had two hits apiece for Kingsport, which outhit Pulaski 9-8.

Briam Campusano (0-1) took the loss. He started and went six innings, giving up three earned runs, striking out five and walking two.

Kingsport returns home to Hunter Wright Stadium this afternoon to host the Pulaski Yankees. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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