CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With a series win within their reach, the Charlotte Knights (20-30) finished strong on Monday.
Charlotte got after Indianapolis Indians (25-23) starting pitcher Clay Holmes to the tune of six runs on nine hits and three walks, cruising to a 7-5 victory.
Kevin Kramer homered to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, his fifth long ball of the season. It was all Charlotte after that, however.
The Knights got rolling in their half of the second, knocking Holmes around for four runs. Six batters in a row reached to send the home team ahead 4-1, with Eddy Alvarez‘s three-run triple serving as the big hit.
A two-out rally hurt Holmes in the fourth inning. Jake Elmore‘s double kept the frame alive for Charlotte, with a walk and a hit by pitch loaded the bases with two gone. Casey Gillaspie then drove in a pair of runs with a single, extending the Knights’ advantage to 6-1.
Holmes was able to eat up six innings for Indianapolis, but took the loss when the Tribe were unable to rally offensively.
They gave it a go, though.
Pablo Reyes brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Kramer notched a RBI single in the eighth. Reyes recorded another sac fly in the ninth to go along with a Kevin Newman RBI knock, but it just wasn’t enough for the visitors to complete a comeback.
Following a 1-3 trip to Charlotte, the Indians will be back at Victory Field on Tuesday to begin a six-game homestand. The Gwinnett Stripers will come to Indy, with Tyler Eppler (4-2, 3.13 ERA) starting on the mound for the Tribe in a 7:05 p.m. opening contest.