Eric Young, Jr. drove in three runs to help the Gwinnett Braves to a 5-2 victory Saturday night, their second straight victory over the Charlotte Knights.
Young’s squeeze bunt scored Mallex Smith to tie the score at 2 in the third inning. Smith had reached on a one-out single and moved to third on a single by Jose Peraza. Sean Kazma’s single to center scored scoring to give Gwinnett its first lead at 3-2.
The Braves increased that lead to 5-2 in the seventh inning as Young flared a hit off Knights right-handed reliever J.B. Wendelken into left-center to score Smith and Peraza.
Matt Davidson got the Knights going in the first inning with a two-out RBI single that scored Micah Johnson.
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The Knights added a run in the second inning when Young’s fielding error on Drew Garcia’s two-out double allowed Kevan Smith to score.
Charlotte right-handed starter Terance Marin (3-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in five innings.
Reliever Nate Jones, who is on a rehab assignment from the Chicago White Sox, pitched a scoreless sixth. Left-hander Zach Phillips gave up a hit but also struck out one batter to get through the eighth.
Braves starter Kanekoa Texeira (2-3) threw 60 strikes out of 98 pitches in six innings, holding the Knights to two runs, one earned on four hits. He retired the final eight batters he faced.
The Knights got a double each from Johnson, Garcia and Matt Tuiasosopo, but no Charlotte batter had more than one hit.
Charlotte will try to avoid a the sweep of the three-game series at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday. The Knights will send right-hander Brad Penny (5-3) to the mound. Atlanta Braves right-hander Williams Perez (2-1) will make his third rehab start with Gwinnett.