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Constanza’s hit lifts Braves past Knights

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Jose Constanza’s sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and led the Gwinnett Braves to a 3-2 win over the Charlotte Knights in the finale of their two-game series on Saturday. Constanza came through with the game-winner off Charlotte reliever Matt Zaleski (2-1, 4.17), who was saddled with the loss after allowing one run over three innings.

Charlotte starter Carlos Rodon made his third career Class AAA start and first road start with the Knights. The left-hander, 21, allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings and did not factor in the decision. Rodon, who was selected third overall in the MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox, struck out seven batters over his five innings. He now has 18 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched with the Knights this season.

The Knights scored both of their runs in the seventh inning thanks to Marcus Semien. Semien ripped an inside-the-park home run off Gwinnett reliever Chasen Shreve. The home run was his 15th of the season and it helped him reach base in 24 consecutive games.

Charlotteabrhbi
Mitchell rf5000
Semien 2b4102
Danks cf5000
Phegley c4010
Taylor lf4000
Tuiasosopo 1b3010
Davidson 3b4000
Richmond dh2000
Jirschele ss4100
Totals35282

Gwinnettabrhbi
Constanza lf3001
Cunningham cf5010
Bethancourt c4130
Terdoslavich dh3011
Kazmar 2b4010
Murphy 3b4000
Reyes ss4220
Salcedo rf2010
Leonard 1b3011
Totals323103

Charlotte000000200280
Gwinnett01001001x3100

LOB–CHA: 12, GWI: 11. 2B–Phegley, Tuiasosopo, Salcedo, Kazmar, Terdoslavich, Leonard. HR—Semien. SF–Constanza. SB–Cunningham, Bethancourt 2, Salcedo.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Rodon572237
Zaleski331100

GwinnettIPHRERBBSO
Texeira640034
Shreve122200
Fisher110022
Jaime110013

HBP-Salcedo.

T-2:54. A-6,713.

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