The Blue Jays held off a late rally to earn a 7-5 win over the Mets in an Appalachian League contest Wednesday.
Kingsport (17-23) was unable to escape the cellar of the West Division, falling 5 games behind front-running Johnson City. Bluefield, in third place in the East Division, improved to 21-19.
Kingsport had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, thanks in a big way to an error that allowed two runs to score with nobody out. But the Mets were unable to cash in on any further runs in their at-bat.
Bluefield tied things up quickly on a double, single, and Justin Ammons’ RBI single. With one out, Angel Camacho hit a sacrifice fly and Miguel Hiraldo followed with an RBI double to make it 4-2. Scott Bradley capped the big inning with an RBI single.
Scott Ota hit a leadoff homer for the Mets in the eighth inning to close the Mets within four runs, 7-3, of the lead.
In the ninth inning, the Mets got some help as a throwing error plated a run. That was followed by Andres Regnault’s RBI groundout to make it 7-5.
Ota was the only Kingsport hitter with two hits. Only two of the Mets’ runs were earned.
Reliever Juan Acosta pitched a dominant three innings, allowing just two baserunners with no runs and four strikeouts for Bluefield. He earned the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.
The Mets got three scoreless one-inning performances from Nick MacDonald, Nixon Silva and Josh Hejka to close the game. Starter Christofer Dominquez (2-2) took the loss, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings.