(NORFOLK, VA) -- Catcher Carson Blair launched a three-run home run, but Johnny Giavotella's two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning led the Norfolk Tides to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday in the finale of their three-game series from Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA. After starting the season at 4-0, the Knights (4-7) have dropped seven straight games.
The Knights started the bottom of the ninth with a 4-2 lead over the Tides, but things quickly changed in the inning. RHP Zack Burdi (0-1, 7.36), who came on to close the game out and help the Knights pick up their first road win of the season, allowed a leadoff double to David Washington. With Paul Janish at the plate, a wild pitch by Burdi moved Washington over to third base with no outs. After Janish walked, the Tides possessed two runners on base with no outs. Logan Shafer, who homered in Saturday's game, reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jose Vinicio. Washington scored from third base on the play and at that point the Tides trailed by just one run. Giovatella then played Norfolk's hero.
With runners on first and second, Giovatella ripped a bases-clearing triple to deep center to lead the Tides to a come-from-behind win. Norfolk RHP Scott McGough (1-0, 0.00) earned the win out of the bullpen after throwing a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
Charlotte RHP Reynaldo Lopez started the game and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He did not factor in the decision. Relievers David Holmberg and Chris Beck each tossed a scoreless inning for the Knights. Holmberg has not allowed a run in three appearances this season (7.2 IP).
Down by a score of 1-0, Blair launched a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at that point. Other offensive leaders for the Knights on Sunday included Jason Bourgeois and Ryan Raburn, who had two hits apiece.
The Knights will now have an off day on Monday before opening up a six-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday. RHP Carson Fulmer (1-1, 5.73) will make his third start of the season for the Knights, while the Pawtucket Red Sox will hand the ball to former Knights RHP Shawn Haviland (2-0, 3.09). Pre-game radio coverage on Tuesday begins at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad and long-time radio broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action of Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. game.
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