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Charlotte Knights drop series road finale to Indianapolis

Charlotte second baseman Drew Garcia recorded his second consecutive three-hit performance and scored twice Sunday, but the Knights dropped the series finale to the Indianapolis Indians 4-2.

Erik Johnson allowed two runs on four hits over five innings pitched in the loss.

Garcia continued his stellar road trip by adding three more hits and scoring both Knights’ runs. The switch-hitting second baseman tallied his first three-hit game of the season in game two Saturday and recorded seven hits, two RBIs, and four runs scored in the three-game series. He batted .333 (12-for-36) over the 10-game road trip, with a hit in eight of those games, including each of his last five.

Nate Jones continued his MLB-rehab assignment by taking over for Johnson in the sixth inning. The hard-throwing righty surrendered a home run to Willy Garcia to lead off the frame, then struck out the next three batters he faced. The home run was the only run he allowed in six outings with the Knights.

Jason Coats added his team-leading 66th RBI of the season in the fifth frame with an RBI groundout that scored Garcia from third base. Coats’ RBI total ranks third in the IL, despite playing only 91 games in Class AAA after starting the season with the Class AA Birmingham Barons.

The Charlotte Knights will have a day off Monday before opening a 10-game homestand Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. International League North Division foe Buffalo kicks off the home stand at 7:05 p.m.

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