CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gwinnett Stripers opened the second half of their season Thursday with a wild 15-12 loss at Charlotte.

The Stripers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Jack Lopez hit a solo home run off Donny Roach, and Gwinnett took a 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI single by Pedro Florimón.

But Charlotte answered with two runs in the bottom of the second and six more in the third, including a grand slam by Luis Robert, the top prospect of the Chicago White Sox.

The Stripers closed to within 9-7 on a two-run homer by catcher Alex Jackson — his 16th of the year — in the fifth, but Charlotte pulled away again in the bottom of the inning.

A two-run home run by Trey Michalczewski and solo shot by Robert gave the Knights a 12-7 lead.

Jackson hit his second homer of the night to cut it to 12-11, but Charlotte added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pad the lead.

Bryse Wilson (4-7) gave up nine earned runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Matt Foster (4-1) got the win with a shutout inning in relief.

Robert was 3-for-5 in his first game since being called up from Birmingham.

Jackson and Rafael Ortega both went 4-for-5 for the Stripers.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte, in a rehab assignment, was 0-for-5.

Gwinnett led Charlotte by one game for the International League wild card heading into Friday.

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