From there, Johnson City forced the Blue Jays into a hang-on-for-dear-life situation.
With the Cardinals scoring four times in each of the last two innings Thursday night, Bluefield escaped with an 11-10 Appalachian League decision.
An eighth-inning, run-scoring double off the bat of Otto Lopez gave the Jays (2-1), who amassed 21 hits, the extra tally needed to withstand Johnson City (1-2) at the end.
In the Redbirds’ half of the eighth, a three-run Carlos Soto home run was immediately followed by Sanel Rosendo’s solo blast.
Down 11-6 entering the ninth, JC got a bases-loaded walk from Jonatan Machado and scored off a wild pitch before pinch-hitter Dariel Gomez stroked a two-run, two-out single.
Bluefield closer Sean Rackoski then induced a Brian Sanchez groundout to end the three-game series.
Johnson City totaled 10 hits, with Zach Jackson (two doubles) and Machado (2 runs) each going 2 for 4. Michael Perri contributed three runs while Donivan Williams had a hit, two runs and a pair of walks.
Bluefield’s Alejandro Kirk batted 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs. D.J. Neal (double, triple, 3 runs) and Dominic Abbadessa (double, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) each went 3 for 5.
Davis Schneider clubbed a two-run homer for the Jays. Schneider, Lopez (double, 2 runs), Jose Theran, Jesus Severino and Andrew Guerra recorded two-hit performances.
Claudo Galva (1-0) yielded two runs on four hits and totaled four strikeouts in a five-inning start. The last of six Jays pitchers on the night, Rackoski collected the final two outs — allowing no runs — for his first save.
Redbirds starter Junior Gonzalez (0-1) was chased after 3 2/3 innings of work from the mound. He surrendered seven runs before Juan Alvarez went the rest of the way.