The victory gave the K-Mets a two-game winning streak for the first time since mid-July and a 5-5 mark over their past 10 games.
Shervyen Newton went 3-for-5 and drove in a run for Kingsport (20-18), which is trying to make up ground on West Division-leading Elizabethton (22-13). Jarred Kelenic, Luis Santana, Mark Vientos and Ranfy Adon also recorded an RBI apiece for the home team.
Dedniel Nunez (2-0) was credited with the win after allowing three hits and two runs, none earned. All of Greeneville’s runs were unearned, and Kingsport pitching walked just one batter.
The K-Mets also stole seven bases against the Reds (16-22). Lyon Richardson (0-4) took the loss.
VIENTOS GOES YARD
After Santana drove in Kelenic in the first to stake the K-Mets to a 1-0 lead, Vientos led off the home half of the second with a solo home run — his seventh — to deep left field.
Two batters later, Phil Capra grounded a single through the hole in the middle of the infield to get on with one out. Adon singled to drive in Capra, and Kingsport led 3-0 after two.
REDS GET BACK IN IT
The Reds got on the board in the fourth. Nate Scantlin singled to right to lead off the inning and Rylan Thomas got on via a fielding error by Newton, the K-Mets’ shortstop.
Reiniel Ozuna’s sharp single to left scored Scantlin from second. Jonathan Willems was credited with an RBI when Thomas scored from third base before the third out was made on Ozuna at second.
RUNS KEEP COMING
With Kingsport nursing a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, Guillermo Granadillo, Newton and Adon gave the home team some breathing room. Granadillo scored from third on a fielder’s choice and Newton’s double to left plated Adon for a 5-2 lead.
But Greeneville got back two runs in the top of the sixth.
NOT TOP TEN
Fielding woes hurt Greeneville in the bottom half of the eighth.
The craziness followed Capra’s opening single. Granadillo laid a sacrifice bunt down the third-base side, and pitcher Doug Norman airmailed a throw to first. The ball rolled down the line and when Thomas eventually got to it at first, he overthrew third. Capra scored and Granadillo followed him across the plate on a “Little League home run” for a 7-4 lead.
Each team finished with three errors.
The K-Mets and Reds are scheduled to meet for Game 2 of the three-game set today. First pitch at Hunter Wright is set for 6:30 p.m.