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K-Mets can't keep up with Braves

• Aug 11, 2018 at 2:23 AM

DANVILLE, Va. — The Kingsport Mets couldn’t keep up in Friday’s hit-fest with the Danville Braves, dropping an 8-6 Appalachian League decision that featured 23 hits.

The Braves (28-21) hit their way aboard 13 times, led by Brett Langhorne’s 3-for-4 effort.

Justin Smith homered in the second inning for Danville’s first run.

Luis Mejia’s two-run single combined with a Jarred Kelenic error in center field cleared the bases and broke up a 1-1 game in the fourth.

The K-Mets (25-24) trailed the rest of the night.

Feeding a 10-hit Kingsport attack were Shervyen Newton, Mark Vientos and Kelenic with two hits apiece. All three players doubled and Newton collected three RBIs.

Yoel Romero had a hit, three runs and a pair of walks for the K-Mets, who fell four games behind Elizabethton in the West Division race. The Twins were rained out.

Danville starter Matt Rowland (1-1) held Kingsport to one run over five innings and struck out five. After Mitch Stallings worked the sixth and seventh, Zach Seipel registered a six-out save.

Oscar Rojas (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs, three of them earned, over four innings.

Kingsport will try to avoid a three-game sweep Saturday night. Game time is 7 p.m.