Mike Wright, who was born in Bennettsville, S.C., pitched six shutout innings, Junior Lake had a key sixth-inning double and the Norfolk Tides survived a late Charlotte rally to beat the Knights 6-3 Tuesday.
With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 41/2 games behind of first-place Norfolk in the International League’s South Division with six games left.
The Tides jumped ahead in the sixth. After loading the bases with one out, Lake ripped a three-run double. Audry Perez singled home Lake for a fourth run of the inning, all against Kyle Drabek (7-10).
With Norfolk ahead 6-0, the Knights began to mount a comeback. Kevan Smith and Tyler Colvin began the eighth with back-to-back singles. Back-t-back walks made it 6-1 and a wild pitch scored another run.
Reliever Pedro Beato came on and allowed an RBI single to Dayan Viciedo. With the bases still loaded, however, Beato retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Beato retired the Knights in order to in the ninth to notch his 15th save of the season.