The Royals slapped the Cardinals with a seven-run third inning and went on to earn a 14-4 win in an Appalachian League game Thursday night.
Johnson City (28-26) failed to extend its lead in the West Division, but stayed a game ahead of Elizabethton, which was cut down in the bottom of the ninth by Danville.
Burlington led 2-0 entering the third inning, thanks in part to Burle Dixon’s home run in the second inning.
Things went haywire for the Cards in the third. The first run scored on an error, and William Hancock pushed the Royals’ advantage to 4-0 with an RBI single.
David Hollie followed with a two-run double, and Dixon made it 7-0 with his own RBI two-bagger.
Jack Gethings drew a bases-loaded walk, and Maikel Garcia closed out the rampage with a sacrifice fly.
The Cardinals found no solace against Burlington starting pitcher Heribert Garcia (1-0). He worked five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Burlington was led at the plate by Dixon, who totaled four hits with two RBIs. Kevon Jackson had three hits while Hancock and Garcia each had two. Vinnie Pasquantino added a late three-run homer to finish with three hits and three RBIs.