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Knights win fifth extra-inning game of season

FORT MILL — In this young 2007 baseball season, it’s a pretty good bet that if the Charlotte Knights go into extra innings, they’re going to win.

Charlotte beat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-4 on Wednesday after Wiki Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Knights are now 5-1 in extra-inning games this season.

Winning the game and series with the Mud Hens was made even sweeter given the fact the Knights were down 4-0 in the first inning. Toledo hit back-to-back-to-back home runs off of Knights starter Gavin Floyd (1-1, 3.24). Floyd recovered after the rough start to strike out eight Mud Hens and gave up only three more hits in seven innings of work.

Josh Fields closed the gap in half with a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to make it 4-2.

Preston Larrison (0-1, 2.57) took the loss for the Mud Hens.

 The Knights begin a brief two-game series on Thursday with their rival, the Durham Bulls. Right-hander Vladimir Nunez (1-1, 2.87) gets the start for the Knights. Southpaw J.P. Howell (0-3, 5.66) will start for the Bulls. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

CHARLOTTE 6, TOLEDO 4

TOLEDO CHARLOTTE ab r h bi ab r h bi

Espinosa rf 5 0 0 0 Owens lf 4 2 2 0

Hooper 2b 5 1 1 0 Lopez ss 4 1 1 2

Shelton 1b 5 1 1 2 Fields 3b 4 1 2 2

Hessman 3b 4 1 1 1 Young dh 4 0 0 0

Raburn lf 4 0 2 1 Sweeney cf 4 0 1 0

Hannahan dh 3 0 1 0 Perez 2b 4 0 1 0

Clevlen cf 3 0 1 0 Rogwski 1b 4 0 0 0

Santiago ss 4 0 2 0 Kelly rf 4 1 0 0

Sardinha c 1 0 0 0 Gonzalez c 4 1 1 2

Perez ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 35 4 8 4 Totals 36 6 8 6

Toledo 400 000 000 0 — 4

Charlotte 200 002 000 2 — 6

E — Hessman. DP — Toledo 2, Charlotte 1. LOB — Toledo 5, Charlotte 1. HR — Shelton, Hessman, Raburn, Fields, Lopez, Gonzalez. SB — Owens.

Toledo IP H R ER BB S0

Miner 7.0 7 4 4 0 4

Johnson 1.0 0 0 0 0 2

Larrison (L, 0-1) 1.2 1 2 0 0 2

Charlotte IP H R ER BB S0

Floyd 7.0 7 4 4 3 8

Pollok (W, 1-1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 2

PB — Gonzalez. T — 2:43. A — 2,117.

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