FORT MILL, S.C. -- In a game where offense was the key, Jason Berken was sharp on the mound for the Knights.
Berken (4-4, 3.14) allowed just two runs over seven innings, Jordan Danks hit his fifth home run of the season, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens 12-3 on Tuesday in game two of their four-game series from Knights Stadium in Fort Mill.
Making his 10th start of the season, Berken allowed just four hits and one walk. Charlotte's hurler, who threw 90 pitches, allowed a two-run home run in the third inning to Jordan Lennerton, which made it an early 2-0 Toledo lead. That was his only mistake of the evening.
Berken settled in and his teammates helped him out on the scoreboard. Charlotte (21-32) put up back-to-back six-run innings in the fifth and sixth inning to take a commanding 12-2 lead.
The fifth inning was highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Danks, who finished 1-4 with the home run, three RBIs, and one run scored. Third baseman Brent Morel and second baseman Steve Tolleson each chipped in with two hits apiece. The Knights blasted 10 hits as a team.
Reliever Dan Remenowsky allowed one run over the final two innings to finish the game for the Knights.
Six of the 12 runs on the evening were scored off of Toledo starter Ramon Garcia (1-5, 6.45), who was saddled with the loss.
The two teams will continue their series on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for game three of the series. RHP Zach Stewart will make the start for the Knights. Before the game, a few of the Knights players will get an up-close look at the BB&T Ballpark site in Uptown Charlotte.