After being shelled 17-1 last Sunday by Greeneville, the Kingsport Mets bounced back to defeat the Astros 6-2 on Friday evening at Pioneer Park.
Once again — as they have done numerous times this season — the Mets waited until late to pull away.
Trailing 2-1, Kingsport erupted for four runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Pedro Perez’s two RBI double for a three-run lead.
Champ Stuart and Yeixon Ruiz had previously scored on an error and fielder’s choice, respectively.
Jeff Diehl’s RBI single added an insurance run in the ninth.
Strong pitching performances continue for the Mets, though they may not always show in the win-loss column.
Kingsport starter Robert Whalen was once again on the end of a no-decision after a strong outing.
The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits for his sixth no-decision of the season.
Alberto Baldanado (2-0) came on in relief of Whalen in the sixth to collect the win. He allowed only two hits with five strikeouts.
The win pulls Kingsport (28-19) to within three games of the West Division-leading Astros (31-16).
The three-game series continues Saturday with first pitch set for 6 o’clock.