FORT MILL, S.C. -- The Charlotte Knights entered the ninth inning of Monday’s game with a chance to keep an impressive home winning streak alive. With the game knotted at 3-3, the Bulls had other ideas.
Reliever Jhan Carlos Marinez (1-1, 6.75) allowed three runs in the top of the ninth inning and the Bulls went on to beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 6-3 on Monday in game three of the four-game series from Knights Stadium. The loss by the Knights snapped a 15-straight home winning streak over the Bulls, dating back to 2011.
Marinez walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning and then allowed a two-run single to Will Myers, which broke a 3-3 tie. With the Bulls now ahead by a score of 5-3, Marinez allowed an RBI single to Leslie Anderson, which made it a 6-3 Bulls lead. Reliever Ramon Troncoso entered the game and got Chris Gimenez to end the inning on a ground out.
The Knights walked a season-high nine batters on Monday.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Knights brought the tying run to the plate with one out, but were unable to push a run across. Jordan Danks struck-out with two runners on to end the game. Charlotte went 10-0 against the Bulls at Knights Stadium last season.
RHP Zach Stewart allowed three runs (one earned) over six innings and did not factor in the decision. Reliever Daniel Moskos allowed two walks over two scoreless innings of relief.
Durham reliever Kirby Yates (1-1, 5.06) earned the victory, while Josh Lueke recorded his second save of the season.
The two teams will conclude their series on Tuesday with first pitch set for 11:15 a.m. RHP Andre Rienzo (0-1, 10.45) gets the nod for the Knights. The Bulls will send RHP Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00) to the hill.
Gates open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, which features the first of two special Education Days, courtesy of Duke Energy and Midrex Technologies.