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Braves blast Knights

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Former Charlotte pitcher Terry Doyle allowed one run over six innings and the Gwinnett Braves went on to a 16-2 win over the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday in the International League.

The win was Gwinnett’s second in as many days against the Knights. Gwinnett tagged the Knights for 16 runs on 16 hits. Donnie Murphy led the way with two hits, including a grand slam, and five RBIs.

Doyle (3-3, 3.30) tossed 93 pitches en route to his third win of the season with Gwinnett. He walked two and struck out five and helped Gwinnett move into sole possession of third place with the win.

The Braves got off to a quick start, knocking Charlotte starter Chris Beck (1-2, 4.76) out of the game in the first inning.

Beck, who was making his sixth career Class AAA start, allowed five runs on four hits and four walks. He recorded two outs before being removed for reliever Scott Snodgress.

Beck, 23, took the loss, his second with the Knights.

Charlotte bounced back with a run in the second courtesy of Matt Tuiasosopo, who homered for the third consecutive game. His solo shot was his 13th home run of the season and 11th with the Knights.

He hit a grand slam Monday and a two-run shot Tuesday. He finished the night 2-for-3.

Jared Mitchell extended his hitting streak to five straight games in the loss. He went 1-for-4 and has 21 hits in 17 games since returning from Class AA Birmingham this month.

Carlos Sanchez added his seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning.

Former Charlotte 49ers standout Tyler Barnette made his second appearance with the Knights out of the bullpen since his promotion from Class A Kannapolis on Sunday. Barnette, a native of Hickory, gave up eight runs (three earned) on six hits over 12/3 innings.

Charlotte’s bullpen combined to give up 11 runs.

• Charlotte second baseman Micah Johnson, who began the season ranked as the sixth-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America, was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 18.

South Atlantic

Asheville 8, Kannapolis 6: The Intimidators brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning but never put that run on base as the team dropped its third straight game.

Braves 16, Knights 2

Charlotteabrhbi
Mitchell cf4010
Sanchez 2b4111
Semien ss4020
Taylor rf3010
Wilkins 1b4010
Tuiasosopo dh3121
Davidson 3b4000
Gonzalez c3000
Richmond lf4000
Totals33282

Gwinnettabrhbi
Constanza lf3211
Cunningham cf5211
Murphy 3b6225
Terdoslavich 1b5332
Kazmar 2b5131
Boggs dh4222
Martinez ss5211
Lerud c3010
Salcedo rf3222
Totals39161615

Charlotte010000010280
Gwinnett50110009x16160

DP–CHA: 1, GWI: 2. LOB–CHA: 8, GWI: 9. 2B–Wilkins, Constanza, Murphy, Lerud, Kazmar. S B–Mitchell. HR—Tuiasosopo, Salcedo, Terdoslavich, Murphy. CS—Constanza.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Beck2/345540
Snodgress21/331111
Kussmaul321121
Barnette12/368833
Casey1/311101

GwinnettIPHRERBBSO
Doyle651126
Schlosser100001
Shreve121110
Jaime110012

WP-Beck. T-3:20. A-1,972.

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