Charlotte Knights

Charlotte Knights top Toledo Mud Hens in washed out game

The Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-4 on Saturday in a rain-shortened game from BB&T Ballpark.

Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson (1-1, 3.74) allowed three runs on five hits over five innings to earn the win. Johnson gave up three runs over the first two innings, but settled in over his final three to win for the first time in 2016. He walked four batters and struck out one.

Cameron Maybin, who was on a major league rehab assignment from the Detroit Tigers, led the game off with a home run in the top of the first inning. Toledo added one more run in the top of the first on a Steven Moya RBI double to make it 2-0.

One inning later, Toledo tacked on another run courtesy of an RBI double by Maybin, who finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

In the bottom of the second, the Charlotte offense burst out against Toledo starter Daniel Norris (0-2, 6.92). After a leadoff walk by Daniel Fields, Andy Parrino put the Knights on the scoreboard with an RBI double. After Jacob May was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Marcus Lemon drew a base-loaded walk, which pulled the Knights within one run (3-2).

Tim Anderson tied the game up at 3 in the second inning with an RBI single. The Knights then tacked on two more runs with help from the Mud Hens, who committed two errors in the inning. In all, the Knights pushed across five runs in the second to take a 5-3 lead.

Both teams added one more run along the way. The Knights added theirs in the fifth when Travis Ishikawa scored on a Danny Hayes forceout. The Mud Hens then added their run in the sixth when Nate Schierholtz homered off Charlotte reliever Michael Ynoa. Despite the home run allowed, Ynoa earned his first save of the season.

At 8:03 p.m., the game went into a rain delay. With heavy rain and lightning continuing, the game was called after a 45-minute rain delay.

The two teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark.

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