Charlotte Knights

Charlotte Knights drop series to Gwinnett Braves with 4-2 finale

Ronnier Mustelier lined a three-run triple in the first inning and John Gant pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Gwinnett Braves (16-15) beat the Charlotte Knights (13-17) 4-2 on Sunday.

Gwinnett won the series 2-1.

Mustelier’s triple came with the bases loaded and two outs. Knights’ right fielder Daniel Fields dived for the catch, but the ball rolled by him and into the corner. It was Mustelier’s second triple of the season and staked the Braves to a 3-0 lead.

Ozzie Albies led off the second with a double before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Emilio Bonifacio.

Gant (2-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked one and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings.

An Albies throwing error put Tim Anderson on first base to lead off the sixth, and two batters later, Matt Davidson lined a double down the right field line to plate Anderson.

Andy Parrino hit a solo home run in the seventh to cut the lead to 4-2.

Ian Krol worked a perfect ninth for his first save. Gwinnett pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts.

Davidson went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Charlotte before being ejected in the eighth inning.

The Knights are scheduled at Norfolk on Monday at 6:35 p.m., with RHP Chris Volstad (1-2, 3.74 ERA) taking the mound. The Tides will start LHP Ariel Miranda (1-1, 3.33).