Banging out nine hits, the K-Mets got very little in return and dropped a 5-1 Appalachian League battle with Bluefield.
The Blue Jays (20-19) totaled just five hits but made good use of them. A bases-
loaded walk to Steward Berroa, which opened the game’s scoring, and Leonardo Jimenez’s sacrifice fly aided their cause.
Eric Rivera followed Berroa’s base on balls with a two-run single, handing the Jays a 3-0 second-inning advantage.
Jimenez increased the margin the next inning and Spencer Horwitz added an RBI single during the seventh.
The K-Mets (17-22) avoided a shutout when Sebastian Espino and Jhoander Saez came through with back-to-back doubles with two outs in the ninth inning.
Cristopher Pujols, Espino and Saez each went 2-for-4 to lead Kingsport’s offense. Rivera was the lone Bluefield player with multiple hits, also going 2-for-4.
Jays starter Jol Concepcion scattered six hits and struck out four over four innings, then made way for Luis Alvarez (2-1) and Yunior Hinojosa to each collect a half-dozen outs.
Kingsport’s Cesar Loaiza (1-2) lasted only the first 1 2/3 innings, yielding three runs and walking four batters.
Ramon Guzman handled the bulk of the K-Mets’ pitching load, working 4 2/3 innings. Guzman, the third of five Kingsport pitchers, gave up two runs.
The K-Mets and Blue Jays return to Bowen Field on Wednesday for Game 2 of their three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.