But the Mets made a shocking rally, scoring eight times in the seventh inning and eventually earning a crucial 16-12 win over Greeneville in an Appalachian League game Wednesday night.
Andres Regnault had a game to remember. He went 3-for-7 with five RBIs. Teammate Gregory Guerrero had three hits and four runs batted in.
In a stunning offensive display, the Mets pounded out 22 hits with five players totaling three hits apiece and two more getting two each. The Mets scored 16 runs despite leaving 15 men on base.
Kingsport (30-31) moved to within one-half game of the second playoff spot in the West Division. The Mets are one-half game behind Bristol (30-30) and two games behind first-place Johnson City.
The Mets visit Greeneville again Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
THE BIG COMEBACK
Things started innocently with Regnault hitting a two-run single in the top of the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Anthony Dirocie doubled in a run to make it 9-4.
Garrett Wolforth homered for Greeneville in the sixth inning to make it 10-4.
But the Mets had an authoritative answer in the seventh. Gregory Guerrero got it started with a three-run homer.
Francisco Alvarez had an RBI single to make it 10-8, and Jaylen Palmer cut the deficit to one with an RBI single. A wild pitch tied the game.
Still not done, Regnault singled in a run to put the Mets ahead. Guerrero returned to the plate and added to the onslaught with an RBI single to make it 12-10.
For insurance, the Mets tacked on three runs in the eighth inning. Regnault had a two-run double, and Cristopher Pujols doubled in Regnault.
Making it all work together, the Mets got six strong innings of relief from Jender DeJesus (4 innings, 1 hit, 1 runs) and Connor Wollersheim (2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs). DeJesus got the win to improve to 4-1.
Greeneville scored two of its first three runs on bases-loaded walks. That was followed by a two-run double by Danny Lantigua, but the Mets salvaged something with center fielder Anthony Dirocie and shortstop Sebastian Espino combining to nail a potential third run at the plate.
Greeneville made it 6-0 on Ranser Amador’s RBI single.
Lantigua struck again in the second inning, hitting an RBI triple to cap a three-run frame.