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Twins outslug K-Mets to stay atop division

From staff and wire reports • Aug 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Twins used their power to remain atop the Appalachian League West Division standings.

Chris Williams homered twice and drove in six runs to help the Twins outslug the Kingsport Mets 16-10 on Tuesday night at Joe O’Brien Field.

The Twins pushed their division advantage back to 1½ games one day after Kingsport swept a doubleheader to draw within a half-game of the lead.

Williams hit a three-run shot in the third inning off Nate Peden and a two-run homer in the fourth off Allan Winans. Colton Burns homered, doubled and singled, scoring three runs and driving home a couple for the Twins (25-18).

Pedro Garcia (3-3) was the winner after relieving starter Luis Rijo and throwing 3 1/3 innings. Zach Neff (4-1) closed out the win.

Peden (1-4), the starter for Kingsport (25-21), took the loss. He pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up eight runs ­— all earned ­— on eight hits. He didn’t strike out a batter and walked two.

The K-Mets’ Ranfy Adon homered and doubled and also drove in six runs.

The teams close out the series Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Johnson City 11, Bristol 5

BRISTOL, Va. — Eight of Johnson City’s nine batters contributed at least one hit in a rout of host Bristol.

Donivan Williams, Jonatan Machado, Nolan Gorman, Leandro Cedeno, Michael Perri and Brian Sanchez had two hits apiece for Johnson City (21-24).

Cedeno recorded three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the ninth. Williams scored three times, Perri smacked two doubles and Machado drove in two runs.

Tommy Parsons (3-1) worked 5 1/3 innings for the victory, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks.

Enrique Perez yielded two runs, one earned, over a pair of frames before Evan Sisk pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings.

Zac Susi went 2-for-3 and scored twice for the Pirates (21-25).

Burlington 2, Danville 1

DANVILLE, Va. — Marcelo Martinez (3-2) struck out 10 over six innings, and Burlington eked out the win over Danville.

Kyle Hinton got Rusber Estrada to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his fifth save of the season.

Freddy Fermin had an RBI double and scored on an error in the second to stake the Royals (15-30) to a 2-0 lead.

Zack Soria’s RBI single scored Estrada in the eighth to pull the Braves (25-21) to within a run, but they couldn’t get the tying run in.

Tanner Lawson (0-2) went two innings, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out three.

Bluefield 9, Greeneville 5

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Cal Stevenson homered and had two hits and drove in two runs for Bluefield.

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Greeneville tied the game on RBI singles from Justin Bellinger and Raul Juarez.

After Bluefield added a run in the fourth on a home run by Stevenson, the Blue Jays extended their lead with five runs in the fifth, including a three-run double by Luis De Los Santos and an RBI single by Stevenson.

The Blue Jays tacked on another run in the eighth on Hagen Danner’s sacrifice fly that scored Gabriel Moreno.

Bluefield right-hander Troy Watson (3-0) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Alexis Diaz (3-1) took the loss.

The Blue Jays remained undefeated (5-0) against Greeneville this season.

Princeton 13, Pulaski 4

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Jake Palomaki, Connor Hollis, Wander Franco and Beau Brundage recorded three hits each, and Princeton improved to 4-1 against Pulaski this season.

Palomaki doubled and singled three times, scoring three runs. Hollis doubled and singled twice, scoring two runs.

Justin Marsden (2-0) got the win in relief. Yankees starter Daniel Bies (1-1) took the loss.

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