Kingsport took over the top spot in the Appalachian League West Division on Thursday and maintained its half-game lead over Greeneville.
Brandon Welch (2-0) and Carlos Gomez combined to record the shutout. Welch went 5 1-3 innings, giving up three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Gomez went the rest of the way to earn his first save on three hits and no walks and fanned four.
Champ Stuart singled in Joe Tuschak in the second to put Kingsport (35-25) on the board.
In the Mets’ five-run seventh inning, Victor Cruzado and Jeyckol De Leon had RBI singles, Tuschak knocked in a run, and Michael Bernal scored on a throwing error.
In the eighth, Jeff McNeil singled in Stuart to cap the scoring.
McNeil, De Leon and Stuart had two hits each. Yeixon Ruiz, the lone player from Kingsport named to the Appalachian League All-Star team earlier in the day, singled and knocked in a run.
Kingsport goes for the series sweep tonight over Bluefield (39-21) at 7 before continuing on to Pulaski on Sunday for another three-game series.
EXTRA INNINGS: The K-Mets’ 10 hits were all singles. ... Bluefield had three players named to the all-star team, one short of Pulaski’s four. ... Pulaski’s Tyler Smith and Edwin Diaz were named player and pitcher of the year, respectively. Greeneville’s Josh Bonifay was named manager of the year.