Trailing 3-1, the Knights had four walks and seven hits in the inning, including Tommy Manzella’s three-run double and Connor Jackson’s double and single. Three of the Charlotte players who walked ended up scoring.
The Tides answered with three runs in the seventh on Bill Hall’s RBI single and Luis Exposito’s two-run single, but couldn’t get any closer. Exposito and Jamie Hoffmann had two hits each for Norfolk.
Hoffmann’s RBI single and Carlos Rojas’ two-run double gave the Tides a 3-0 lead in the second.
Left-hander Charles Leesman (10-9) allowed five hits and three runs in six innings to get the win. Righty Jake Arrieta (3-3) took the loss. He gave up six runs and five hits in 5 ? innings. He walked five and struck out five.
The victory gave the Knights an eight-game lead over the second-place Tides in the International League South and reduced their magic number for clinching the division to 14 with 21 games to play.
The teams meet three more times this season, including tonight’s series finale at 7:15. Norfolk is tied for fourth in the wildcard standings, trailing Pawtucket by five games.
The Tides return to Harbor Park on Tuesday night to open a six-game homestand. They’ll play four against Gwinnett and two against Charlotte.
by Mgn Media Wire Services