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After having their pitchers beat up on over the weekend, the Danville Braves turned the tables on the Kingsport Mets in the finale of their three-game series on Monday at American Legion Post 325 Field at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.

A three-run second inning, followed up with a two-run effort in the fourth gave the D-Braves a 7-2 win.

"Our bats came out early in the game, and it gave us a comfortable lead," Danville Braves manager Robinson Cancel said. "From there we kind of cruised the rest of the game, and that was big to get a win like that."

Kolby Allard was back at it on the pitcher's mound for Danville (8-10), and he didn't disappoint.

He proved difficult to figure out for the Mets (7-11) lineup, allowing just two hits over six innings of work. A first inning where Allard needed 13 pitches to strike out the side proved foreboding for Kingsport.

"I was just getting ahead of hitters, and that's obviously important," said Allard. "It lets you mix in your off-speed stuff a little bit more, and when you get in those two-strike situations you just want to put them away."

Allard struck out seven and walked two in picking up the victory, moving his record to 2-0 on the season.

"Me and (Braves catcher Brett Cumberland) were establishing the fastball on both sides of the plate early," Allard said. "Obviously that was important, and that led to sustained success throughout the game."

"Kolby just came out with another great, lights-out performance," Cancel said.

Offensively Danville pounded Mets starter Jordan Humphreys for seven hits over his five innings of work. Brett Cumberland, Elias Arias and Alex Lee each singled to start the bottom of the second, eventually setting up a Marcus Mooney two-run single to make it a 3-0 Braves lead.

Kevin Josephina's sacrifice fly to center on the next at-bat cleared the bases and gave Danville a four-run advantage going into the third.

Josephina picked up his second RBI of the night in the fourth, bringing Lee in to score on a fielder's choice. Jared James made it a 6-0 Danville lead on the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Isranel Wilson.

Lee had himself a night at the plate, leading the Braves with three hits.

"We like to see guys having two or three hits a game," Cancel said. "Having a night like this will help us get ready for the next game."

Recent additions to the D-Braves roster Jacob Webb and Adam McCreery helped set Brandon White up to close the door on Kingsport in the ninth.

The Braves have a day off on Tuesday before welcoming the Elizabethton Twins to Legion Field for the first of three games on Wednesday night. But getting a victory after two days of allowing 10 or more runs in each game was much needed for the Braves.

"It's always good to get a win, and doing it before a day off should only help us getting ready for Wednesday," Cancel said.

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Bondurant is a sports reporter for the Danville Register & Bee. Follow him on Twitter: @JBondurantGDR and like his page on Facebook: @JordanBondurantSports

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