BRISTOL, Va.- Kingsport took Game 1 of the final three-game road series of the 2017 season Saturday evening as the K-Mets held on to down Bristol by a score of 7-6 behind seven multi-hit days offensive for the Mets at Boyce Cox Field.
Seven of the nine players in the Kingsport (28-32) recorded multiple hits on the day while four differet players drove in at least a run. Bristol (14-45) fell to the K-Mets for the sixth time this season and are now 4-24 at home.
The Mets jumped out first in the ballgame with three, two-out runs in the top of the first. Gavin Garay launched his third home run in his last six games to right field, a two-run shot, while Kevin Hall singled in another run three batters later to make the score 3-0 early on. Kingsport tallied four hits in the frame while also taking advantage of a leadoff fielding error by Bristol.
Trailing by three before even coming to the plate, the Bucs responded in the frame by scoring two runs off a double to right from Johan DeJesus. The drive came with two outs after runners reached both third and second base with no outs, but following two Aneury Olivo strikeouts, DeJesus cut the visitor's lead to a run with the two-run double.
Kingsport plated two more runs in the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Dionis Pualino and an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Anthony Dirocie to take a 5-2 lead befofe the home team countered to come within two runs in the bottom of the frame with a sacrifice fly from Kyle Watson.
Bristol came within a run in the sixth when Ryan Pueurifoy scored on a wild pitch. The Mets scored a run in the top of the eighth and then proceeded to give up the lead in the bottom of the frame when Peurifoy scored a run on an error and Yondry Contreras brought in the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly.
With an out in the top of the ninth, Kingsport scored the go-ahead run thanks to a throwing error from the short stop, Jimenez. Garay scored from second base and the Mets held on for the 7-6 victory in Game 1.
Mac Lozer (2-0) picked up the win after initially blowing the save while surrendering no warned runs off two strikeouts. Eddie Muhl (0-2) allowed a run off two hits in 1 1/3 innigs of work to take home the loss.
Seven of the nine batter sin the lineup for Kingsport registered a muli-hit day with Garay leading the pack. The first baseman belted a first-inning two-run homer a part of a three-hit day. He, along with Hall, Dirocie and Manzanarez al drove in a run for Kingsport.
Game 2 of the series is set to begin Sunday evening as the Mets and Bucs go to battle at 6 p.m. Coverage of the contest can be found on the Kingsport Mets Baseball Network beginning at 5:45 p.m. with the Braeden's Barbeque Pregame Show.
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