The two teams combined for 22 hits, with the Twins (20-16) totaling a dozen. Furthermore, the Pirates (17-19) failed to score after the third inning, but a 3-0 lead was enough cushion to withstand the opposition.
Ethan Goforth opened the scoring by unloading a solo home run to left field in the second inning. An inning later, Josh Bissonette came home when Fernando Villegas reached on a throwing error. Matt Morrow added an RBI single to complete the night’s output for Bristol, which was denied an extra run on the play as right fielder Matt Wallner threw out Villegas at home plate.
Elizabethton dented the scoring column on a Wallner RBI double in the sixth. With the Twins down to their final out in the ninth, Charles Mack, Seth Gray and Parker Phillips accounted for three consecutive singles — resulting in a Phillips RBI.
From there, however, Samson Abernathy got Wallner to fly out to center field.
Starter Luis Ortiz (2-1) hurled five shutout innings for the win, recording six strikeouts against two walks. Enrique Santana worked the sixth and seventh frames, then gave way to Abernathy for a two-inning save.
Bissonette batted 3 for 4 from the top of Bristol’s order, with Matt Morrow and Francisco Acuna adding two hits apiece. Bissonette and Morrow each had a double.
For the Twins, Wallner doubled twice in a 3-for-5 showing. Mack, Gray and Phillips each contributed two hits.
Sawyer Gipson-Long (0-1) yielded three runs in a two-inning start. Cody Laweryson impressed with his middle-relief work, recording eight strikeouts over five shutout innings.
The Pirates and Twins meet again on Saturday in Bristol. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.