Trailing by four runs, Kingsport cut loose for seven in the bottom of the third inning and went on to capture a 10-4 Appalachian League win at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The Blue Jays (32-22) had scored twice in each of the first two innings, totaling a half-dozen hits in the process.
In the home half of the third, however, the contest underwent a marked change of complexion. After Phil Capra drew a leadoff walk, Robby Kidwell launched a home run to center that cut the Mets’ deficit in half.
Three consecutive one-out walks put Kingsport back in business, then Jose Theran’s throwing error off a force-out at second base brought in two more runs to tie the game at 4.
Kenny Hernandez followed with a double to put runners at second and third, setting up Raul Beracierta for a two-run triple. Beracierta scored on a wild pitch.
Kingsport (28-25) padded its lead with two runs in the sixth, getting Ranfy Adon’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly from L.A. Woodard. Capra scored on a seventh-inning wild pitch.
Hernandez and Adon each went 2-for-4. Dominic Abbadessa did the same for Bluefield, which mustered only one hit after the second inning.
Settling down after spotting the Jays their early lead, Willy Taveras worked seven innings and improved to 4-0 on the season. Totaling four strikeouts, he surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks.
Mitch Hickey and Brian Metoyer each threw an inning of relief.
Blue Jays starter Felipe Castaneda (1-1) was chased after allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings.