The K-Mets, who have led the West since the season started last month, took a 7-1 win over Elizabethton at Joe O’Brien Field.
The two teams entered Thursday’s game tied for the divisional lead with 8-6 records.
Kingsport jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Anthony Dirocie was hit by a pitch from Elizabethton starter Andrew Cabezas and then scored on an RBI single from Phil Capra.
The K-Mets’ second run in the inning came when Domingo Martinez singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Twins (8-7) bounced back in the bottom of the inning to score a run when Trevor Casanova delivered a one-out double to left field and later scored from third on a wild pitch from Kingsport starter Nate Peden.
However, the run was the only one of the night for Elizabethton, which was held to four hits.
Kingsport (9-6), which finished the night with seven hits, added another run in the third inning and tacked on two more in the fifth off Twins relief pitcher Carlos Suniaga.
The K-Mets scored two more runs in the ninth.
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Raul Beracierta provided most of the power at the plate for Kingsport. He finished 3-for-3 and reached base an additional time when he was hit by a pitch.
The K-Mets’ Mark Vientos finished with two hits and two RBIs, while Luis Santana had two hits and an RBI.
Kingsport’s Peden (1-0) picked up his first win of the season.
He threw five and one-third innings, giving up one run, three hits and four walks while recording three strikeouts.
The Twins’ Andrew Cabezas (0-2) suffered the loss.
Cabezas threw four innings, giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts, no walks and a hit batter.
The two teams are scheduled to play again today at 7 p.m. at Joe O’Brien Field. Tonight’s contest will decide the three-game series. The squads have split the first two contests of the series.