KINGSPORT — The Greeneville Astros plated five runs in the top of the fourth inning on Tuesday to doom the Kingsport Mets to their second consecutive loss.
The Astros then held on for a 7-4 victory, keeping the K-Mets a game and a half behind Appalachian League West Division leader Elizabethton after the Twins dropped an 8-7 decision to Princeton on Tuesday.
Kingsport entered the fourth inning leading 2-0, but that changed in hurry.
K-Mets starter Andrew Church (3-5) was tagged for five runs — three earned — during an inning that featured four hits, two errors and a walk. The big blow in the frame was a two-run homer by Greeneville's Bryan Muniz, his second of the season.
Kingsport (31-28) battled back by plating a pair of runs in the fifth on a two-run double by Zach Mathieu, but that was all the offense the K-Mets could muster. Mathieu, Vicente Lupo and Luis Ortega had two hits each for Kingsport, which had nine hits as a team.
Reliever Zach Davis (2-0) earned the victory for Greeneville (29-28), throwing three innings of shutout ball while allowing just one hit and striking out four batters. Eric Peterson pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
The K-Mets will be off tonight before starting a three-game series on the road against the Bluefield Blue Jays on Friday.