NORFOLK, Va. Charlotte reliever Nelvin Fuentes entered a tie game in the bottom of the 13th inning without having allowed a run in 18 innings. Brett Wallace broke his scoreless streak after seeing just one pitch.
Wallace launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning and the Norfolk Tides beat the Charlotte Knights 7-6 on Saturday in the opener of a two-game series at Harbor Park.
Wallace sent the offering over the right field fence for his fifth home run of the season, which broke the 6-6 tie. Wallace finished the game 4-for-5 with the home run and four runs scored.
Jordan Danks had two hits, including his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning. The home run was his 39th in a Knights uniform, which puts him in eighth place in franchise history. Danks is one away from tying Dayan Viciedo for seventh place.
Charlotte starter Erik Johnson allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings and did not factor in the decision. Reliever Mitchell Boggs gave up two runs on three hits over two innings. Taylor Thompson and Maikel Cleto combined on five scoreless innings, which kept the Knights in the game. Charlotte battled back from a 6-4 deficit to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Norfolk reliever Tim Alderson (2-2, 5.06) earned the win after one inning of work.
The Knights and Tides will conclude their series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. RHP Felipe Paulino (0-2, 9.90) will continue his Major League rehab assignment and start for the Knights. Charlotte will face RHP Eddie Gamboa (1-4, 5.40).
Hickory 4, Kannapolis 1: The visiting Crawdads used a pair of home runs to blast past the Intimidators in the first game of a 4-game series. Kannapolis (20-21) managed just three hits on the night, a season-low in a 9-inning game, while falling below .500 for the first time since May 3.
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