The Mets, who have led the West since the season started last month, took a 7-1 win over Elizabethton at Joe O’Brien Field.
The teams entered Thursday’s game tied for the divisional lead with 8-6 records.
Kingsport jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Anthony Dirocie was hit by a pitch from Elizabethton starter Andrew Cabezas and then scored on an RBI single from Phil Capra.
The Mets’ second run in the inning came when Domingo Martinez singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Twins (8-7) bounced back in the bottom of the inning to score a run when Trevor Casanova delivered a one-out double to left field and later scored from third on a wild pitch from Kingsport starter Nate Peden.
However, the run was the only one of the night for Elizabethton, which was held to four hits.
Kingsport (9-6), which finished the night with seven hits, added another run in the third inning and tacked on two more in the fifth off Twins relief pitcher Carlos Suniaga.
The Mets scored two more runs in the ninth.
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Raul Beracierta provided most of the power at the plate for Kingsport. He finished 3-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.
The Mets’ Mark Vientos finished with two hits and two RBIs, while Luis Santana had two hits and an RBI.
Kingsport’s Peden (1-0) picked up his first win of the season.
He threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run, three hits and four walks while recording three strikeouts.
Cabezas (0-2) suffered the loss. He threw four innings, giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts, no walks and a hit batter.
The teams are scheduled to play again today at 7 p.m. at Joe O’Brien Field. The contest will decide the three-game series, as the squads have split the first two.