They added to the drama Monday night.
Gregory Guerrero and Brett Baty hit home runs and Andres German threw in a strong pitching performance as Kingsport defeated the Danville Braves 8-2 at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.
The Mets remained in third place in the Appalachian League West Division, one game behind Johnson City and a half a game behind Bristol. The top two teams in the division will qualify for the playoffs.
Guerrero’s two-run homer in the third inning put the Mets up 3-0 after they had scored a run on a balk.
After Danville got a lone run in the fourth on Brandon Parker’s solo home run, the Mets tacked on another three in the fifth. Anthony Dirocie drove in one with a double and Andres Regnault knocked in two more with a double of his own.
The Mets kept piling on when Baty blasted a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 8-2.
German (2-1) held Danville to two runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out five batters.
Guerrero went 3-for-4, while Baty, Dirocie and Tanner Murphy each had two of the Mets’ 13 hits.
The Mets and Braves play the series finale Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.