After dropping both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader with Bristol, the Cards bounced back to pin a 4-2 Appalachian League baseball loss on the Pirates at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
Johnson City (22-27) got all the runs it needed when Zach Jackson stroked a three-run double to right field in the bottom of the second inning.
Dionis Zamora (1-2) threw six innings for the victory, yielding a pair of solo home runs and striking out six batters.
Evan Sisk followed up with three shutout frames and five strikeouts for his third save of the year.
The Cardinals totaled only three hits, with two of those coming in the second. Andrew Warner led off with a walk, Dariel Gomez hit into a fielder’s choice in which both runners were safe, then Michael Perri singled to load the bases with no outs.
Jackson’s double — his 11th of the season — came next, giving the Redbirds a 3-0 advantage.
Dylan Busby and Jonah Davis homered in the third and fifth innings, respectively, to pull Bristol (25-27) within a run.
The bottom of the fifth unfolded with Moises Castillo drawing a walk, stealing second base, advancing to third on a force-out and taking advantage of a wild pitch to score.
Topped by Davis at 2 for 4, Bristol finished with seven hits. Relieving starter Roger Santana (4-5) to open the sixth, Will Kobos went on to record five strikeouts over three scoreless frames.
Bristol and Johnson City get together for a series-ending day game on Tuesday. Action is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.