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Reds storm back, beat K-Mets 12-9

• Aug 21, 2018 at 1:08 AM

GREENEVILLE — Rylan Thomas’ two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a remarkable comeback for the Greeneville Reds, who handed the Kingsport Mets a 12-9 defeat in an Appalachian League game Monday night at Tusculum’s Pioneer Park.

After the K-Mets went up 9-4 in the seventh inning, they were in the driver’s seat. It all came unraveled when Greeneville scored seven times in the eighth, getting five hits and taking advantage of two Kingsport errors.

Raul Juarez drove in four runs for the Reds, who trailed 4-0 in the second inning. Miguel Hernandez had three of Greeneville’s 15 hits.

Yoel Romero went 3 for 5 to lead Kingsport. The top three batters in the K-Mets’ lineup combined for six RBIs and scored five runs. They managed only five hits, all by Romero (three) and Kelenic (two).

Kingsport (29-30) dropped into a tie with Bristol for second place in the West Division standings. The Pirates (29-30) beat Pulaski 6-2 on Monday to catch the K-Mets. Elizabethton (32-25) leads the division by four games after sweeping a twin bill with Johnson City on Monday night, 8-6 and 3-2.

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