JOHNSON CITY — An eighth-inning rally sent the Kingsport Mets tumbling to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Johnson City Cardinals Wednesday night at Cardinal Park.
Working with a 4-3 lead at the start of the bottom of the eighth, Kingsport hurler Samuel Taveras got into immediate trouble when the third strike to leadoff hitter David Medina went for a passed ball. Taveras then tallied a strikeout and induced a fielder’s choice groundout, but the Cards showed some moxie with two outs.
Christopher Edmondson doubled to score pinch-runner Virgil Hill, and a triple by Travis Tartamella plated Edmondson with what proved to be the winning run.
Francisco Guzman retired the K-Mets in order in the top of the ninth to pick up the save.
Patrick Daugherty (1-0) got the win in relief.
Taveras (0-1) worked 2 1-3 innings out of the K-Mets bullpen.
Javier Rodriguez tripled as part of a two-hit night for Kingsport (1-1). Chase Greene and Justin Schafer also had two hits. Aderlin Rodriguez, who homered twice in the 8-5 season-opening victory, went 1-for-4 on Wednesday.
Last season, the Kingsport Mets won their opener then dropped six in a row.