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.