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Rays limit K-Mets to five hits, win 7-1

From staff reports • Jul 20, 2019 at 2:02 AM

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Princeton pitching bottled up Kingsport’s batters and the Rays completed a three-game Appalachian League sweep of the Mets with a 7-1 win on Friday night.

Rays starter Jose Lopez (2-2) gave up only one hit — a single by Gregory Guerrero in the top of the fourth — during his five innings of work. Eleardo Cabrera pitched the final four innings, scattering four hits. Cabrera allowed Kingsport’s run in the top of the sixth when Kennie Taylor’s groundout brought in Jhoander Saez.

Saez, Jaylen Palmer and Sebastian Espino doubled for the K-Mets (14-16) and Cristopher Pujols had their other hit, a single.

Princeton batters, meanwhile, unloaded 14 hits, led by 3-for-5, two-RBI efforts from Jake Guenther and Luis Leon.

The Rays (15-15) chased Kingsport starter Nate Peden after 1 1/3 innings. Peden (0-2) was tagged for six hits and five runs, four of them earned. He walked one and struck out two.

The K-Mets stay out on the road for a three-game set against the Bristol Pirates. The series opener is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start on Saturday at DeVault Stadium in Bristol, Va.

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