KINGSPORT — Taking care of business: that was the order of the day Thursday as the Kingsport Mets rallied from an early deficit to earn a 5-2 Appalachian League win over Burlington at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Kingsport bounced back after a 4-3 setback at the hands of the Royals on Wednesday. The K-Mets went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position in the loss.
On Thursday it was a different story.
"We swung the bat much better tonight with runners in scoring position," said Kingsport manager Jose Leger. "Our hitters concentrated on putting the ball in play and let their pitcher worry about the trouble he was in."
The Royals (12-15) scored two runs in the top of the first on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and an error. Kingsport starter Martires Arias settled down after that and held Burlington in check for the next four innings.
Meanwhile, the K-Mets (11-15) clawed their way back into the contest.
In the bottom of the first, Jean Rodriguez reached after being hit by a pitch. Oswald Caraballo followed with an RBI double to left and Kingsport had narrowed the gap to 2-1.
Luis Ortega led off the K-Mets second with a double to the left-field corner. He moved to third on a fielder's choice and then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Garcia.
Kingsport broke the game open in the bottom of the third when Luis Guillorme stroked a double to deep left and moved to third on a single by Rodriguez.
Caraballo lofted a sac fly to center that brought in Guillorme and moved Rodriguez to second. Rodriguez advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly by Pedro Perez.
Bryce Beeler relieved Arias in the sixth and continued to keep Burlington in check.
Wuilmer Becerra put the icing on the cake with a home run over the right centerfield fence in the eighth inning to extend the K-Mets lead to 5-2.
"We try to encourage the players to be consistent in practice and then in the games," said Leger. "We're trying to teach them to play the game. They have to put each game behind them and be focused on being ready each day."
K-Mets closer Ty Williams earned the save, pitching the final two innings. Rodriguez had two hits and scored two runs. Caraballo, Ortega and Garcia added two RBIs apiece.
The K-Mets host Burlington in the final game of the series on Friday night at 7.comments powered by Disqus