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Carlos Sanchez’s shot lifts Charlotte Knights

COLUMBUS, Ohio When Carlos Sanchez homered on Sunday, it was his first home run in 751 days and his first at the AAA level. He didn’t have to wait nearly as long for his next home run.

Sanchez launched a game-winning, three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 5-2 win against the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday in Game 3 of their four-game series from Huntington Park. The infielder finished with two hits, bumping his average to a team-high .293 on the season.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the 10th, Columbus reliever Nick Hagadone (1-3, 3.32) started the inning by allowing a single to Blake Tekotte.Tyler Saladino then reached trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which turned into a throwing error by Hagadone.

Jared Mitchell, who reached base in his 16th straight road game earlier in the day, moved both Tekotte and Saladino over a base with a bunt.

On a 1-1 pitch from Hagadone, Sanchez ripped a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Knights the 5-2 lead.

Thompson (1-0, 3.29) did not allow a run or a hit in 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen en route to his first win of the season.

Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod was sharp over six innings, but did not factor in the decision. Axelrod allowed one run on five hits, striking out six batters and walking three.

Charlotteabrhbi
Hernandez rf5100
Sanchez 2b5223
Phegley c4000
Danks cf3000
Davidson 3b3001
Wilkins 1b4000
Tekotte lf4121
Saladino ss3100
Mitchell dh3010
Totals34555

Columbusabrhbi
Ramirez ss4010
Holt cf4210
Johnson dh4010
Urshela 3b5001
Moncrief rf4021
Rohlinger 2b4020
Fedroff lf3000
Ciriaco c3000
Carlin c1000
Totals36272

Charlotte100001003552
Columbus100000100271

E — Tekotte, Hagadone. DP–CHA: 2. LOB–CHA: 4, COL: 8. 2B–Sanchez, Moncrief. HR—Tekotte, Sanchez. SB–Hernandez.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Axelrod651136
Los Santos1 2/321100
Thompson2 1/300000

ColumbusIPHRERBBSO
Banwart722237
Barnes210002
Hagadone123000

WP-Axelrod. HBP-Ciriaco

T-3:24. A-10,100.

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