Vientos’ three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning was enough to give the K-Mets a 3-1 win over the Danville Braves in Appalachian League play at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The game was called after six innings because of thunderstorms.
SCORELESS THROUGH FIVE
The game was a pitchers’ duel through the first five innings, with Kingsport ace Jose Butto and Danville’s Jose Montilla holding their opponents to two hits apiece.
Kingsport put two runners on base in the first frame, when Luis Santana singled and stole second. After Shervyen Newton walked, Jarred Kelenic grounded out to second base to move Santana and Newton up a base. But the scoring threat ended when Gavin Garay flew out to center field.
The K-Mets had only one other hit through the first five innings, a single up the middle from Raul Beracierta in the fifth.
Danville’s two hits through the first five came on a second-inning single from Brett Langhorne and a single from Greg Cullen in the top of the fourth.
PLAYING LONG BALL
With light rain starting to fall harder in the top of the sixth, Danville’s Justin Dean led off the frame with a solo blast over the right field fence to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
Butto then retired the next three batters he faced to end Danville’s scoring.
Kingsport led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles from Santana and Newton. But a line drive from Kelenic led to a double-play with Santana being thrown out at second.
Garay was then hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second when Vientos stepped to the plate and drilled a shot over the right-field fence to put the K-Mets (17-15) up 3-1.
After Montilla struck out Kingsport’s Phil Capra to end the inning, the umpires cleared the field as thunderstorms hit the area.
About 30 minutes later, with heavy rain still falling, the game was called.
Butto (3-0) picked up the win, throwing six complete innings. He gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
Montilla (1-1) took the hard-luck loss, giving up three runs on five hits with one walk, one strikeout and one hit batter.
The K-Mets and the Braves (16-17) are scheduled to play game two of the three-game series Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.