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Saez’s single, solid pitching lead K-Mets to 2-1 victory over Greeneville

Kevin Mays • Jul 14, 2019 at 9:26 PM

KINGSPORT — A key late-game hit and solid pitching helped Kingsport keep its winning streak alive Sunday.

Johander Saez delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, while Nate Peden, Benito Garcia and Reyson Santos combined to throw a four-hitter as the K-Mets took a 2-1 win over the Greeneville Reds at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The win gave Kingsport its fifth straight win as the K-Mets (13-12) creeped over the .500 mark for the season.

GAME WINNER

Kingsport scored a run in the sixth and then another one in the seventh to come away with the victory.

Both teams struggled to get anything going offensively as Peden and Greeneville starter Andy Fisher held both teams in check through the first three innings.

The Reds (10-15) scored their only run of the contest in the fourth inning when Ivan Johnson led off the frame with a single and then moved to second on a ground out to second from Tyler Callihan.

After stealing third, Johnson scored on ground out to second base from Christian Olivo.

K-METS BATTLE BACK

Kingsport tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kennie Taylor doubled and then moved to third on an infield single from Francisco Alvarez.

Jalylen Palmer then delivered a hard shot to shortstop that allowed Taylor to score from third.

In the seventh inning, Gregory Guerrero got the K-Mets only walk of the game.

Guerrero moved to second on a ground out to third from Sebastian Espino. Saez then delivered his two-out double to score Guerrero.

BRINGING HEAT

Kingsport’s Peden, Garcia and Santos kept Greeneville’s hitters off balance throughout the game.

Peden did not figure in the decision, but he pitched five solid innings.

In his first start of the season for the K-Mets, Peden gave up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

Garcia (1-1) picked up the win after striking out five, surrendering two hits and holding Greeneville scoreless over three innings.

Santos, the K-Mets’ closer, shut down Greeneville in the final inning, facing just three batters and retiring two by strikeout.

Greeneville’s Raul Wallace (0-2) took the hard-luck loss in relief of Fisher.

Wallace gave up a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Fisher gave up one run, scattering seven hits, with four strikeouts and no walks through the first six innings.

BIG BATS

Alvarez finished 2-for-3 for Kingsport, while Taylor and Ota both finished 2-for-4.

GAME THREE AT GREENEVILLE

The series shifts to Greeneville on Monday for the third game of the four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The fourth and final game of the series is scheduled to be played Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport.

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