Charlotte Knights

Travis Ishikawa helps ignite Charlotte Knights to 4th consecutive victory

Travis Ishikawa smacked a three-run homer during the first inning Wednesday to spark the Charlotte Knights to a 7-4 Class AAA International League baseball victory over Norfolk.

Charlotte also benefited from two-out RBIs by Tim Anderson, Leury Garcia and Jacob May to take the first four games of the five-game series against the Tides.

Norfolk was looking to snap a five-game losing streak Wednesday with Nick Additon (1-3) on the mound at Harbor Park. Additon entered play with a 2.86 ERA, ninth among Baltimore Orioles minor leaguers.

Those hopes became dim in the first inning after Anderson singled and Matt Davidson walked one out later. Ishikawa then stepped to the plate and smacked his third home run of the season.

It got worse in the second for Additon and Norfolk. Vinny Rottino walked to lead off and still was at first with two outs, but Anderson belted an RBI double and Garcia followed with a run-scoring single before Davidson flied out to end the inning.

Terance Marin (2-3) was the beneficiary of the early offense. He held the Tides to eight hits and three runs in seven innings. Michael Ynoa got his second save by pitching the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Additon was tagged for six runs in 5 2/3 innings to see his ERA jump to 3.35.

Charlotte will return to BB&T BallPark to open a three-game series against Durham at 7:05 p.m. Friday.