Sebastian Espino, batting ninth, went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, two singles, two RBIs and three runs scored to highlight an 11-run, 11-hit night in Kingsport’s 11-2 Appalachian League win over the Greeneville Reds at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The victory gave Kingsport (14-13) the series win, as the Mets took three of the four games. It also marked the sixth win for the K-Mets in the squad’s last seven outings.
Espino’s big night included a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the bottom of the fourth inning that put Kingsport up for good.
Both teams scored a run in the opening frame before the K-Mets broke the tie in the fourth by scoring three runs.
Tanner Murphy started the rally after delivering a two-out single and then scoring on an RBI-double from Gregory Guerrero.
Espino then followed Guerrero with his homer over the left field fence, putting Kingsport ahead 4-1.
REDS CLOSE THE GAP
Greeneville (11-16) cut the lead to two runs in the top of the sixth when Tyler Callihan reached on an error, stole second base and then scored on a single from Garrett Wolforth.
However, a big seventh inning by Kingsport put the game out of reach.
The K-Mets took advantage of hits from Espino, Jhoander Saez and Scott Oto and two Greeneville errors to put up five runs in the frame.
Kingsport added two runs in the eighth inning.
Kingsport got a 2-for-4 performance from Guerrero, who also had an RBI and scored two runs.
Cole Kleszcz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs for the K-Mets.
Wolforth finished 2-for-4 with an RBI for Greeneville.
Kingsport’s Jefferson Escorcha (4-0) got the win for.
The 2016 Mets signee from Venezuela threw three innings, giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Greeneville starter Orlando Noriega (2-2) took the loss.
Noriega threw 3 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Kingsport begins a six-game road trip Wednesday with a three-game series at Princeton before returning to the Tri-Cities for a three-game series at Bristol.
The K-Mets return home on July 23 to host Johnson City.
Greeneville is at home Wednesday for the first contest of a three-game series with Elizabethton.