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Durham Bulls surge past Charlotte Knights

DURHAM Jerry Sands homered and drove in three runs, Mike Montgomery threw eight solid innings and the Durham Bulls beat the Charlotte Knights 5-2 in the opening game of their four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday.

Montgomery (4-1) gave up two runs on two hits en route to his fourth win of the season. He walked one and struck out seven. His one mistake was a two-run home run to Charlotte catcher Josh Phegley in the first inning.

Charlotte took the early 2-0 lead after Phegley’s fourth home run in his past six games. The Bulls responded with five answered runs.

White Sox right-hander Felipe Paulino (0-2) made his third major league rehab start of the season with the Knights and allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings.

Paulino allowed a two-run home run to Sands during a three-run second inning. It was the third home run he has allowed in 10 innings with the Knights this season.

Third baseman Matt Davidson had the only other hit for the Knights. It was his fourth hit in his past two games. Micah Johnson, who was promoted to Charlotte from Class AA Birmingham before the game, made his Class AAA debut and went 0-for-4. Johnson is ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Chicago’s system by Baseball America.

Before the game, the Knights announced that left-hander Chris Sale will start Thursday’s game on a major league rehab assignment from Chicago. Sale is on the 15-day disabled list.

BULLS 5, KNIGHTS 2

Charlotteabrhbi
Johnson 2b4000
Sanchez ss1100
Danks rf4000
Phegley c4112
Davidson 3b3010
Wilkins 1b3000
Hernandez cf3000
Saladino lf3000
Tekotte dh3000
Totals28222

Durhamabrhbi
Lee ss4000
Olmedo 3b3100
Kiermaier cf4120
Betemit 1b4110
Sands lf3113
Mahtook rf4011
Belnome dh2110
Casali c4010
Fontenot 2b4021
Totals32595

Charlotte200000000221
Durham03002000X590

E — Sanchez, C. DP–Charlotte 1. LOB–Charlotte 2, Durham 8. 2B–Belnome, Kiermaier, Mahtook. HR—Phegley, Sands. CS—Sanchez, C. PO—Sanchez, C.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Paulino (L, 0-2)575333
Surkamp320013

DurhamIPHRERBBSO
Montgomery (W, 4-1)822217
Beliveau (S, 2)100012

HBP-Sanchez, C.

T-2:24. A-4,697.

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