Charlotte, NC --- A ninth inning rally fell short for the Durham Bulls, falling 5-3 at BB&T Ballpark to the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday night.
The Bulls (23-14) trailed 5-0 entering the final inning before the first four batters reached against Giovanni Soto. Shane Peterson singled, followed by a double to right by Casey Gillaspie. Curt Casali then doubled inside third base to draw the Bulls to within 5-2. After a single by Mike Marjama put runners at the corners, Brad Goldberg relieved Soto. A fielder's choice grounder scored Casali to make it 5-3, but Goldberg retired the next two hitters to nail down the Knights' win.
Brent Honeywell (L, 2-4) worked six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) in absorbing the loss.
Charlotte (20-17) won its sixth straight game, pulling to within three games in the South. Gwinnett trimmed Durham's first place lead to two games.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the second on a single by Ryan Raburn, scoring Adam Engel, who reached on a three-base error against Peterson, who dropped a flyball in the right field corner.
Charlotte scored another unearned run in the third for a 2-0 lead. Carson Blair homered in the fifth as part of a two-run inning as the Knights built a 4-0 lead.
Jeff Ames surrendered a run in the eighth as the Bulls' deficit fell behind 5-0.
Honeywell was ejected in the top of the seventh arguing a picth from the dugout, while Mallex Smith was later tossed by home plate umpire after a check-swing strikeout.
The Bulls road trip concludes on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET with Ryan Yarbrough opposing Carson Fulmer.
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