Brian Cooper (4-1), a Kenny Williams free agent signing pitched well again for the Knights. Cooper allowed three runs and scattered seven hits over six innings to pick up the win. After Cooper departed with the lead, he turned it over to star-closer Ed Almonte, who hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his league-leading ninth save of the season.
With the win, the Knights are 7-3 in their last ten games played.
Enemencio Pacheco and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Birmingham Barons blanked the Jacksonville Suns, 3-0.
Pacheco (2-0) allowed just two hits and hit a batter over six innings, striking out five. He has surrendered just one earned run in 25 1/3 innings this season, leaving his era at 0.36. After Jake Meyer went two scoreless innings, Wally Backman called on Royce Ring, and he performed, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a pair, to record his fifth save.
Offensively, Danny Sandoval provided the offensive punch. Sandoval hit a two-run double in the fifth inning for the Barons, which would not need any more offense.
For Birmingham, it is only the second time in its last 11 road games that they have come out victorious.
The Winston-Salem Warthogs (12-8) curbed their five game losing streak on Monday in a 10-0 shutout at Potomac.
Starter Byeong An pitched excellent, and improved his record to 3-1. An tossed six innings and did not allow a run on six hits.
On offense, Catcher Chris Stewart had two hits, one of which was his first home run in the sixth. Right fielder Jeremy Reed had three hits and scored two runs. Left fielder Daylan Holt had two doubles and two RBIs.
Game two of the three game series will be Tuesday night at 7:05pm. RHP Wyatt Allen (0-1, 4.82) will start for the Warthogs.
The Intimidators swept their first series of the season with Monday night's 8-6 win over the Augusta Green Jackets.
Kannapolis jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning highlighted by Gustavo Molina's 2-run home run.
After blowing a six-run lead, Kannapolis took the lead for good in the seventh after Andy Salvo scored on a double play ball with no outs in the top of the seventh.
Reliever Armando Perez came in and earned his first win of the season after pitching an inning and two-thirds.
Kannapolis, winners of four in a row, is now three games above .500 for the first time all season. Kannapolis hosts Delmarva for a four game series beginning Tuesday night at 7:05pm.