Pulaski, Va. -- The Greeneville Astros had everything going their way early on Thursday night as they built a 7-0 lead.
However, the Pulaski Mariners rallied, tied the game in the ninth inning and eventually defeated the Astros 9-8 in the tenth.
The Astros got the scoring started on a Michael Martinez RBI-single and a passed ball to score Brian Blasik in the first inning. In the second, D'Andre Toney hit a two-run homer. Then Ernesto Genoves hit a solo homer, Angel Ibanez went for a RBI-triple and Blasik had a RBI-single in the third to build a strong 7-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, however, the Mariners put a big dent in the Astros' lead. A three-run base-clearing double by Tyler Marlette, followed by RBI-doubles from Franklin Diaz and Martin Peguero, cut Greeneville's lead to 7-5.
The Astros bounced back and scored once more in the seventh inning on a Ricky Gingras RBI-single to give Greeneville an 8-5 lead. However, the Mariners were not ready to give in.
Pulaski moved within two runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Jordy Lara to score Gilmer Lampe. Then, in the ninth, Dario Pizzano hit a RBI-double and Peguero connected on a RBI-single to even the score at 8-8 and send the game into extra innings.
After the Astros went scoreless in the top half of the tenth, the Mariners led off the bottom of the inning with a Reginald Lawson single. Lawson advanced to second on a Jabari Henry sacrifice bunt and then to third on a fly out by Bryan Brito. Finally, Phillips Castillo singled on a line drive to center field to score Lawson for the winning run and complete the rally.
Isliexel Gonzalez (2-4) pitched 1.0 inning for the Mariners, gave up one hit and picked up the win.
The Astros travel to Princeton for a three-game series with the Rays beginning today.
Despite Thursday's loss, Greeneville (26-24) is only a half-game back of Johnson City for a second place playoff spot in the Appalachian League's West Division. Johnson City lost to Elizabethton Thursday and is 6.5 games back of the Twins in the division, while the Astros are 7 games back.