NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk speedster Quintin Berry went 3 for 3 with a home run and a stolen base, knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa was solid over six innings, and the Tides beat Charlotte 4-3 on Sunday in the International League. .
The Knights dropped both games of the series and will return home to BB&T Ballpark for a six-game homestand that will begin Tuesday.
Norfolk put up a three-run first inning against starter Felipe Paulino (0-3, 9.00), who was saddled with his third-straight loss. Paulino gave up four runs on five hits over five innings.
The Knights scored first courtesy of a Matt Davidson RBI single. Cord Phelps hit a two-run single to give the Tides a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly scored Francisco Peguero from thirdto make it 3-1.
In the second, the Knights’ Blake Tekotte singled and Tyler Saladino followed with a double. A passed ball scored Tekotte to make it a 3-2. Saladino then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Berry’s home run gave Norfolk a 4-3 lead in the second.
Recently signed Tides reliever Heath Bell made his debut and threw a scoreless inning.
Kannapolis 6, Hickory 5 (10): The hostIntimidators overcame a late two-run deficit to force extra innings, and Trey Michalczewski completed the comeback with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Cleuluis Rondon for the winning run against the Crawdads.
Jordan Guerrero made the comeback possible, working three scoreless innings to pick up the win. Guerrero (2-0) took over the eighth and allowed just two hits and a walk, and struck out three.
Hickory’s Ryne Slack (2-1) gave up the tying and winning runs over two innings of relief, taking the loss by allowing two runs on four hits and walking three.
Tides 4, Knights 3
E — Paulino. DP–CHA: 2. LOB–CHA: 7; NOR: 7 . 2B–Saladino; Berry. HR—Berry. SF–Britton. SB–Mitchell; Berry. CS—Phelps.
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|Gamboa W (2-4)||6||6||3||3||5||6|
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