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Warren's home run powers Reds past K-Mets

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 15, 2019 at 11:40 PM

GREENEVILLE — Cameron Warren hit the power ball for the Greeneville Reds on Monday night at Pioneer Park.

One day after it was announced a Tennessee purchase matched all six numbers of a $198 million Powerball jackpot, Warren had his own version of the power ball, a three-run home run in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 5-2 win over the Kingsport Mets.

Warren’s shot broke open a tie game and gave the Reds the momentum they needed for the victory. The 22nd-round draft pick out of Texas Tech had a chance for another three-run home run with one out in the seventh inning, but hit into a double play.

It was plenty of offense with Greeneville’s pitchers giving up only four hits and no walks.

The Reds (11-15) still rank at the bottom of the Appalachian League West Division standings, while the Mets (13-13) fell back to the .500 mark.

Greeneville starter Jose Salvador went five innings, giving up both runs and all four hits, although he recorded six strikeouts. Alec Byrd (3-0) threw the next couple of innings to get the win, and Tanner Cooper earned his first save throwing the final pair of innings.

Michel Otanez went four innings for Kingsport with eight strikeouts. Reliever Nick MacDonald gave up the tying run in the fifth before Hector Rodriguez (1-2) was tagged with the loss, going two-thirds of an inning in the sixth.

Yeudy Colon and Jender DeJesus each threw an inning before Yadiel Flores closed out the game. Sebastian Espino had the lone extra-base hit, a double in the fifth inning, which advanced Cristopher Pujols to third.

The Reds had five hits, but three of those went for extra bases. They left six runners on base, while the Mets didn’t have many scoring opportunities with just four runners stranded.

SCORING SUMMARY

The Reds took the lead on Garrett Wolforth’s RBI double in the second inning.

Kingsport went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth. Kennie Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Pujols. Later, Scott Ota had a RBI single that plated Espino.

Wolforth tied the game in the bottom frame with another RBI double.

It was all the offense until Warren’s home run, which also scored Allan Cerda and Cristian Olivo.

NEXT UP

The Mets won the first two games of the four-game series in Kingsport. The teams will return to Kingsport on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for the series finale. It is Fun Fest night with $4 general admission tickets.

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