The K-Mets broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run fourth inning then blew away host Bluefield by adding three runs in the fifth and exploding for eight in the sixth in a 16-3 blowout of the Blue Jays.
Luis Santana and Guillermo Granadillo each drove in four runs, and Shervyen Newton and Yoel Romero plated three apiece for Kingsport (10-7). Santana finished 3-for-6 and Domingo Martinez was 2-for-6 with a solo home run that highlighted the K-Mets’ big sixth inning.
Kingsport piled up 12 hits.
Meanwhile, the K-Mets used four pitchers to limit Bluefield to six hits.
Kingsport starter Garrison Bryant struck out six batters over his 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Marbin Montijo. Montijo (1-3) recorded the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief, striking out two.
Starter Alvaro Galindo (0-1) took the loss. He allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out three in three innings.
The K-Mets lead the West Division by a game over Elizabethton, which dropped a 3-1 decision to Danville on Sunday. The East-leading Blue Jays (15-4) hold a three-game lead over Princeton.
The K-Mets and Blue Jays close out their three-game set at Bowen Field on Monday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Bluefield won the opener 6-5.