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Astros beat K-Mets on error in bottom of 15th

Staff Report • Jun 29, 2013 at 12:13 AM

GREENEVILLE — Tanner Mathis walked and scored in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Greeneville Astros a 2-1 win over the Kingsport Mets and end a 4-hour, 20-minute game that saw a combined 42 strikeouts.

The win gave Greeneville (4-5) the sweep and pushed the K-Mets’ losing streak to four.

In the final inning, Mathis led off with a walk, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Mayfield and scored on an error on a throw and missed catch between K-Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil and catcher Adrian Abreu.

Kingsport (2-7) scored its lone run in the fifth off an Amed Rosario home run to center field.

Greeneville answered in the bottom of the frame when Wallace Gonzalez hit a solo shot of his own.

Mathis, Mayfield, Ariel Ovando and Gonzalez had two hits apiece for the Astros.

Kingsport — which struck out 25 times — got a team-best 3-for-6 effort from Rosario. Victor Cruzado added two hits and walked twice.

The Astros used six pitchers with Christian Garcia (1-0) picking up the win. The K-Mets’ Luis Rengel (0-1) worked 3 1-3 innings and was stuck with the loss after giving up the unearned run in the 15th.

Kingsport returns home Saturday for a three-game set against the Appalachian League-leading Elizabethton Twins. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.

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