The Charlotte Knights finally came up with a few runs Sunday against the Rochester Red Wings.
Unfortunately for the Knights, the Red Wings came up with more.
Rochester took the lead with a big fourth inning, picked up a key run in the seventh, then hung on for a 6-5 victory in the International League series finale at BB&T BallPark.
The Knights (61-55) lost their fourth straight three-game series – they also split a four-game series with Louisville – despite making a late run over the final two innings.
Down 6-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Charlotte’s Matt Davidson drove a leadoff home run over the left-field wall. It was his team-best 18th this season.
Then, the Knights put Rob Brantly on with two outs and Jason Coats – who had doubled in his last two at-bats – coming up. But Coats hit a grounder to force out Brantly at second base, ending the game.
Knights starter Hector Noesi took the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) over seven innings. Noesi (1-2) allowed seven hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts.
Noesi allowed solo runs in the top of the second and third innings to put the Red Wings (59-56) ahead. After Charlotte tied the score in the bottom of the third, Rochester tagged on three runs in the top of the fourth to pull ahead for good.
Noesi also gave up a home run to Reynaldo Rodriguez in the top of the seventh to put the Red Wings up 6-3.
“We were hoping we could get one (run), just to stay alive. But we didn’t help ourselves defensively. It’s just baseball – we’ve got to keep pushing forward.” – Charlotte manager Joel Skinner.
Brantly finished with three hits and Coats two for the Knights, who had 10 hits against four Rochester pitchers. … Michael Bowden got the win for the Red Wings, improving to 8-3.,Michael Tonkin picked up his second straight save and 11th this season. … Charlotte is 2-4 in this homestand, and 4-12 over its past 16 games.
Charlotte opens the final series of its 10-game homestand Monday against the Gwinnett Braves. Game time at BB&T BallPark is 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Drabek (6-6, 2.74 ERA) will be on the mound for the Knights, while right-hander Kanekoa Texeira (4-3, 3.53 ERA) will start for the Braves.