PRINCETON, WV- Rays catcher Rene Pinto sent a solo home run off the left field fence in the bottom of the eleventh inning to boost the Princeton Rays (27-24) to a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Kingsport Mets (19-35) on Thursday at H.P. Hunnicutt Field.
The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run home run by second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz, but the one-run lead only lasted until the eighth when the Mets notched the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
Both teams were held scoreless in the ninth and tenth innings until Pinto's third home run of the season sent the Rays home with the walk-off victory.
The extra-innings victory came after a slew of Princeton pitchers saw action in the game.
Rays starter Peter Bayer pitched three innings, giving up one run on one hit and striking out five.
Reliever Resly Linares followed, pitching two scoreless innings and also striking out five Mets batters.
Right-hander Sandy Brito held Kingsport scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings, striking out one and was credited with his first hold of the season.
The Mets notched the tying run off of reliever Reimin Ramos, who pitched two innings total and struck out four, but fellow reliever Dalton Moats held the tie for two innings before Pinto won the game in the eleventh. Moats was credited with his second victory of the season for his efforts.
The Rays will face the Mets in the second game of the series on Fri., Aug. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. at H.P. Hunnicutt Field.
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