The Bristol Pirates scored two runs in the top of the 11th to take a 6-4 Appalachian League win over the K-Mets at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Kingsport (6-7) lost its fourth in a row while Bristol (6-7) won its third straight.
WINNING IN EXTRAS
A solo home run from Tanner Murphy in the sixth inning put the K-Mets up 4-3.
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That lead held until there were two outs in the top of the ninth. Francisco Acuna singled, stole second and scored on a two-out single from Daniel Rivero to tie the contest at 4.
Following a scoreless 10th, Bristol loaded the bases in the top of the 11th. Chase Murray scored on a wild pitch from Nixon Silva, and the Pirates tacked on another run when Rivero’s single down the right-field line scored Acuna.
Pirates relief pitcher Bear Bellomy set down the K-Mets in order in the bottom of the 11th for his first save of the season.
KEEPING IT CLOSE
Jesus Valdez put Bristol ahead early when he scored on a first-inning single to start the game. After Valdez moved to second on Aaron Shackelford’s sacrifice bunt, he came home on a single from Eli Wilson.
The K-Mets gained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored three runs on three hits and two Bristol errors.
Kingsport’s Scott Ota doubled with one out and Jaylen Palmer reached on an error. One out later, Murphy delivered a two-RBI single to put the K-Mets up 2-1.
Kingsport extended its lead to 3-1 when Murphy scored from second on a double off the bat of Cristopher Pujols.
Bristol tied the game at 3 in the sixth when Wilson and Brendt Citta led off the frame with back-to-back solo homers.
Kingsport answered in the bottom of the sixth with Murphy’s homer, but the K-Mets couldn’t hold the lead.
BY THE NUMBERS
Wilson finished 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. The Pirates also got a 3-for-4 performance from Acuna, Rivero went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Valdez finished 2-for-5.
Murphy and Pujols each finished 2-for-5. Murphy totaled three RBIs and Pujols had one.
Samson Abernathy (1-0) picked up the win in relief. He pitched two scoreless innings and gave up one hit with three strikeouts and one walk.
Silva (0-2) took the loss after pitching the final inning. He allowed two runs on one hit, with one strikeout, a walk and a wild pitch.
The teams are scheduled to face each other again on Tuesday in Game 2 of the three-game series in Kingsport.
First pitch at Hunter Wright Stadium is slated for 6:30 p.m.