That’s why it took minimal scoring to come out on top as Francisco Acuna’s RBI double in the sixth inning lifted the Pirates to a 1-0 win at Boyce Cox Field.
Lofting his two-base hit to left field, Acuna drove home Aaron Shackelford before he was tagged out trying to reach third.
That lone tally made a winner of Lizardy Dicent (1-0), who hurled two hitless innings in relief of starter Tahnaj Thomas. Totaling seven strikeouts, Thomas allowed three hits as he worked till the end of the fifth.
Ryan Troutman hurled a two-inning save, yielding the last of four Elizabethton hits. Bristol’s three pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts against no walks.
Prelander Berroa turned in a five-inning start for the Twins, allowing no runs and three hits. He amassed five strikeouts against two walks.
Denny Bentley (2-1) went the rest of the way for Elizabethton.
Josh Bissonette topped a five-hit Pirates output by going 2 for 4 with a triple.
Leading the Twins, who aim to avoid a three-game sweep in Sunday’s 6 p.m. game, was Will Holland at 2 for 3.
Elizabethton (20-17) dropped into a first-place tie with Johnson City atop the Western Division. Bristol (18-19) is next in the standings, two games back.