The K-Mets rallied late to take a 7-2 Appalachian League win over Johnson City at Hunter Wright Stadium Thursday.
The win was the first for Kingsport (16-19) in six meetings with the Cardinals (18-17) this season.
The K-Mets took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning before Johnson City tied things up at 2-2 when Brennan Hardy came to the mound in relief of Kingsport starter Christofer Dominquez in the top of the seventh inning.
Dominquez struggled with control in the seventh, giving up two hits and four walks to the Cardinals including an RBI single to Chandler Redmond and a bases-loaded walk to Malcom Nunez that gave Johnson City its second run in the frame.
The tie score did not last long.
Andres Regnault delivered a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh. One out later, Tanner Murphy hit a shot to left field to score Regnault, giving the K-Mets a 3-2 advantage.
POURING IT ON
Kingsport added to its lead in the eighth inning with a four-run frame highlighted by a three-run home run from Jaylen Palmer over the left field wall.
K-Mets closer Reyson Santos finished off the game by striking out Johnson City in order in the top of the ninth.
BY THE NUMBERS
Palmer finished 2-for-4 with the homer and three RBIs to lead the K-Mets at the plate.
Regnault went 3-for-4 and scored two runs for Kingsport, while Kennie Taylor finished 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Murphy, Francisco Alvarez and Christopher Pujols each had an RBI.
Despite a tough inning on the mound in the seventh, Kingsport’s Hardy (1-1) came back and shut down the Cardinals in order in the eighth inning and picked up the win.
Hardy gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and four walks in two innings of work.
Dominquez worked a strong six innings for the K-Mets but did not figure in the decision. The left-hander held Johnson City scoreless, giving up four hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
For the Cardinals, Nunez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Redmond went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Francisco Justo (2-2) took the hard-luck loss after holding the K-Mets hitless through the first four innings.
Justo gave up three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk through seven innings of work.
Both teams are back in action Friday.
Kingsport extends its home stretch with the start of a three-game series against Pulaski.
Johnson City returns home to begin a series against Greeneville.
Both contests are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.