Charlotte, NC --- The Charlotte Knights whacked four home runs en route to a 12-4 victory over the Durham Bulls on Sunday night at BB&T Ballpark.
With the Bulls (29-19) leading 3-1 in the sixth, the Knights (27-20) hit three homers as part of a nine-run inning. Paulo Orlando connected for a two-run shot against Ricardo Pinto (L, 2-1), with Adam Engel following with a solo shot to put the Knights ahead 4-3. After four walks and an infield single, Zack Collins hit an opposite field grand slam against Mike Franco to cap the frame for a 10-3 lead.
Trailing 1-0 after an Ivan De Jesus homer in the third inning, the Bulls rallied. A groundout by Brendan McKay scored Mike Brosseau from third to tie the game at 1-1. Emilio Bonifacio followed with a double into the left field corner to score Christian Arroyo for a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Arroyo singled home Nate Lowe for a 3-1 advantage before the Knights went to work.
Pinto was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Franco relieved to permit six runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Jake Cronenworth made his second pro pitching appearance, tossing a scoreless first inning on 28 pitches, 12 strikes.
The Bulls' pitching staff issued a season-high 12 walks in eight innings.
Arroyo went 3-4, while Brosseau extended his hitting streak to 14 games thanks to an infield single in the ffith inning. McKay went 0-4 with an RBI groundout in his Triple-A debut. Kean Wong hit a long home run in the eighth, his third of the season.
Jose DeLeon is expected to continue his major league rehab on Memorial Day Monday at 2:05 PM ET against Jordan Guerrero.
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