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Charlotte routs Gwinnett, 11-2

POSTED: May 6, 2012 12:06 a.m.

The Charlotte Knights scored in four of the first five innings and added a six-run seventh to rout the Gwinnett Braves, 11-2, on Saturday night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Right-hander Todd Redmond surrendered five runs — four earned — over five innings in the loss. Five-different Knights drove in multiple runs, including Tyler Kuhn, who went 1 for 4 with three RBIs.

Redmond hit Kuhn to lead off the game and yielded a two-run homer to the next batter, Dan Johnson. Johnson’s sixth blast of the year put the Knights ahead 2-0.

An RBI single by Jim Gallagher in the second, RBI fielder’s choice by Ozzie Martinez in the fourth and RBI single by Hector Gimenez in the fifth added to the damage against Redmond, as Charlotte stormed out to a 5-1 lead. Redmond (2-3) allowed six hits and walked two, failing to strike out a batter for the first time this season.

The Knights put the game away with a six-run seventh inning that saw three Gwinnett relievers take the mound. Kuhn’s three-run triple off left-hander Dusty Hughes highlighted a frame that saw Charlotte send 10 batters to the plate and exit with an 11-1 lead. Hughes was touched up for three runs in the inning, while right-hander Anthony Varvaro also surrendered three.

Left-hander Charlie Leesman (2-3) picked up the win with six innings of one-run baseball for the Knights. The lefty allowed an RBI single to Stefan Gartrell in the third, but just three other hits on the outing. Right-handers Brian Omogrosso and Anthony Carter combined to allow a run over the final three innings in relief of Leesman.

Jose Constanza went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles in the losing cause for Gwinnett. Gartrell and Joey Terdoslavich each plated runs with RBI singles. Luis Durango finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

The Gwinnett Braves (18-10) and Charlotte Knights (15-14) close out the two-game series at Coolray Field at 2:05 p.m. today. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Terry Doyle (1-2, 4.13) is scheduled to start for the Knights.


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