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Uriarte’s walk-off sac fly lifts K-Mets to 9th win in 11 games

STEVE WILMOTH, TriCitiesSports.com • Aug 22, 2017 at 12:38 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets stayed red hot Monday evening thanks to a walk-off.

Juan Uriarte’s sacrifice fly scored Hansel Moreno in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the K-Mets eclipsed Pulaski 7-6 at Hunter Wright Stadium.

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The victory was the ninth in 11 games for Kingsport (27-29), which moved back within 3½ games of Johnson City in the race for the Appalachian League West Division wild card.

Each team had a five-run inning — the Yankees’ came in the fourth, the K-Mets’ in the sixth — on the way to the late-game heroics.

Pulaski (37-20) tied the game at 6 in the top of ninth when Jesus Bastidas reached on an error and scored on a double by Saul Torres. But in the bottom of the ninth, Moreno reached on a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.

Uriarte stepped up to bat and followed with his game-winning sac fly to center off Chad Martin (2-1), the third Pulaski pitcher.

Kingsport starter Christian James allowed three earned runs in four innings. Billy Oxford continued his masterful pitching with two perfect frames, striking out four. Joshua Payne struck out two and allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.

Mac Lozer (1-0) got the win despite giving up the unearned tying run in the ninth.

Moreno went 2-for-5 with two runs scored for Kingsport. Bastidas finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Yankees, who outhit the K-Mets 11-7. Each team committed three errors.

The K-Mets go for the sweep Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

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