The Kingsport Mets came from behind on two occasions during Monday's game, and ultimately prevailed in a 6-5 result over the Burlington Royals. The K-Mets (32-25) and Royals will play the rubber game of this series Tuesday in the conclusion of this season-long nine-gam homestand at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Jeff Diehl led the Kingsport offense with three hits and an RBI. He also scored two runs, including the game winner in the eighth inning on a double into the right-field gap from Eris Peguero.
Peguero had two hits and the deciding RBI. Amed Rosario had two RBIs, one on a triple to deep center in the sixth inning that tied the score at 5-all, and Jeyckol De Leon had a two-run double in the first inning as Kingsport grabbed an early 3-2 lead.
Robert Coles (3-1) picked up the win in relief, working the final two innings and holding Burlington scoreless in both frames. He recorded the final out on a grounder with the potential tying run standing at second base.
Torey Deshazier (2-1) took the loss for Burlington. He and Royals starter Andres Machado each worked four innings.
Kingsport fell behind 2-0 before ever coming to bat, then strung together four consecutive one-out hits in the bottom of the first inning highlighted by De Leon's double. De Leon scored on a groundout by Diehl to give the K-Mets a short-lived 3-2 lead.
After the first, Burlington never led by more than a run. The Royals plated their two final runs on a groundout and a sac fly, two of three run-producing outs for the game. Kevin Kuntz had the best night at the plate among the Burlington lineup, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
NOTES: Victor Cruzado was in the lineup for Kingsport for the first time since Aug. 6. He hadn't had a hit since Aug. 3 against the Johnson City Cardinals. … Chris Flexen (6-1, 2.50 ERA) is scheduled to start for the K-Mets on Tuesday. … This marked the fourth straight game that the opposition has scored on the K-Mets in the top of the first inning. … De Leon's two-run double in the first gave him the team lead in RBIs, at 28.