Getting together for a late-morning/early-afternoon Appalachian League baseball affair, the two teams found themselves in a 6-6 tie after the Twins’ Lean Marrero doubled home Tyler Webb, who had walked and stolen second base, in the top of the sixth.
One inning later, Chris Williams got aboard with a base on balls, swiped second base and moved to third on a throwing error by Royals catcher Michael Emodi. Williams scored when Molina cracked a base hit to the right side.
Those developments made a winner out of middle reliever Johan Quezada (1-1), who totaled five strikeouts and held Burlington scoreless for three innings. Zach Neff came along from there and pitched the ninth for his second save of the year.
Elizabethton accumulated 10 hits, all singles except for Marrero’s two-bagger. Leadoff man Michael Helman went 3 for 4 with a walk and two RBIs while Alex Robles, batting second in the order, enjoyed a 3-for-5 day.
Molina was 2 for 4, Williams walked three times and Tyler Webb contributed a hit, two runs and a walk.
The Twins were up 4-1 before Burlington cut loose for a four-run fifth — highlighted by Juan Carlos Negret’s three-run home run.
Topping a nine-hit Royals assault, Matt Morales finished 2 for 4 and Eric Cole 2 for 5.
Elizabethton starter Tyler Palm yielded one run over four innings of work from the mound, producing three strikeouts and three walks. Moises Gomez handled the rocky fifth before giving way to Quezada.
Austin Lambright (0-2), who hurled three innings after taking over for starter Marcelo Martinez (5 IP), was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on two hits.