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Twins blow big early lead, lose to Royals

Staff reports • Updated Jul 31, 2019 at 10:38 PM

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Elizabethton scored six times in the first inning.

The Twins didn’t score again, and coughed up a 7-6 decision against Burlington on Wednesday night in an Appalachian League game.

It was the third loss in a row for the Twins (21-20), and they remained 1 1/2 games behind first-place Johnson City in the West Division.

THE END GAME

After chipping away from the fourth inning onward, Burlington got even in the seventh inning on a throwing error by catcher Janigson Villalobos.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Burlington scored the winning run on Burle Dixon’s RBI single.

STRIKING EARLY

Elizabethton dropped a six spot on the Royals in its first inning at the plate.

Parker Phillips got the party started with an RBI single, and Trevor Jensen later added a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Anthony Prato drove in a run with a single before Villalobos delivered the inning’s biggest hit. Villalobos clubbed a bases-clearing double to put the Twins up by a score of 6-0.

COMING BACK

Jesus Atencio hit a three-run homer for Burlington in the fourth inning make it 6-3.

In the fifth inning, Maikel Garcia hit an RBI triple and Michael Massey drove him in with a single as the Royals closed within one run.

PLATE LEADERS

Phillips and Villalobos each had two hits for the Twins.

Burlington got three hits each from Garcia and Dixon.