The Twins missed an opportunity to make up ground in the Appalachian League playoff race. Elizabethton (31-33) is two games behind Bristol in the Appalachian League West Division standings and 1 1/2 back of both Johnson City and Kingsport in the wild-card race.
Mason Berne did plenty of damage for the Braves. The 6-foot-3 right-handed hitter from Lumberton, N.C., went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Charles Reyes had a three-run double to clear the bases in the decisive sixth inning and later scored himself on a throwing error.
Elizabethton’s only run came in the third inning. Charles Mack singled to left field, but a fielding error allowed Anthony Prato to score. It wasn’t nearly enough, as the Braves outhit the Twins 14-3.
Lisandro Santos (2-1) gave the Braves five strong innings with seven strikeouts while giving up two hits and three walks. Kenny Wells allowed one hit over the next couple of innings before Alex Aquino threw the final two innings to close it out.
Andriu Marin (2-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing four hits and two runs. Frandy Torres gave up four more runs before being pulled at the end of the sixth inning. Steven Cruz hurled two innings and Benjamin Dun pitched the final inning for the Twins.
Danville went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base. It wasn’t as much a factor since the other hits for the Twins were a single by Ruben Santana and a double by Trevor Jensen.
Elizabethton hosts Greeneville over a three-game series to end the regular season. Monday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.