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Cardinals beat K-Mets to stop six-game losing streak

Staff Report • Jul 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

JOHNSON CITY — The Johnson City Cardinals broke out of an offensive slump just in time to salvage their series with the Kingsport Mets, winning 10-5 on Saturday at Cardinal Park.

Johnson City had lost six in a row, including the previous two to Kingsport by a combined score of 25-7.

The K-Mets took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth when Adrian Abreu and Richie Rodriguez each knocked in a pair of runs. But the Cardinals answered with six runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Rowan Wick led off Johnson City’s big inning with a double, followed by a Ronnierd Garcia walk and a Brett Wiley single to load the bases. Jonathan Keener then singled in a pair of runs and Vaughn Bryan knocked in another on a ground ball.

Andrew Massie relieved K-Mets starter Persio Reyes (0-1) with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth but promptly hit a batter to allow another run and then gave up a two-RBI single to Wick to make it 7-4.

Victor Cruzado doubled to lead off the Kingsport fifth and then came home on a Jeff Diehl single to score another run, but the K-Mets could get no closer.

Wiley went 3-for-4, Keener was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Wick finished 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs for the Cardinals (8-7).

Diehl was 3-for-5, and Cruzado and Abreu added two hits each for Kingsport (5-10).

The K-Mets start a four-game series against the Greeneville Astros on Sunday with a doubleheader at Hunter Wright Stadium. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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