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Charlotte Knights trounce Norfolk Tides, take lead in league standings

The Charlotte Knights took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Knights jumped on the Norfolk Tides for 17 hits in a 14-4 International League victory Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

Right-hander Carson Fulmer, the Chicago White Sox’s first-round pick in the 2015 draft, struck out five over five scoreless innings, and reliever Juan Minaya added two no-hit innings for the Knights.

Hickory native and former Charlotte 49ers pitcher Tyler Barnette gave up the no-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning, getting tagged for four runs.

Nicky Delmonico had five RBIs for Charlotte (62-74), which snapped a two-game losing streak and moved into a half-game lead over the Gwinnett Braves (61-74) atop the IL South division standings.

Here’s how the rest of the Knights’ week went:

Saturday: Despite three hits by Leury Garcia and two each from Jake Peter and Jacob May, Charlotte gave up eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, and fell to the Tides 9-5 in Norfolk, Va.

Friday: Norfolk’s Mike Yaztrezemski scored the winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning to hand Charlotte a 7-6 loss in the road series’ opening game in Norfolk.

Thursday: Garcia had two hits, including a second-inning grand slam, and six RBIs as the Knights completed a three-game sweep of the Durham Bulls with a 12-7 victory at BB&T BallPark.

Wednesday: Jason Bourgeois drove in two runs, and Alex Avila added three RBIs as Charlotte scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 6-5 home win over the Bulls.

Tuesday: Jerry Sands’ walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Knights to a 3-2 victory over Durham in the opening game of their three-game home series.

Monday: Chris Volstad threw eight shutout innings, and Avisail Garcia belted a two-run homer as Charlotte ended a three-game series against the Buffalo Bisons with a 3-0 win at BB&T BallPark.

What’s next: The Knights play a three-game road series against the Louisville Bats beginning Monday, then return to BB&T BallPark for their final five games: a three-game series against Norfolk on Thursday, and a two-game finale against the Braves next Sunday and Monday.

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