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
E — Sanchez, C. DP–Charlotte 1. LOB–Charlotte 2, Durham 8. 2B–Belnome, Kiermaier, Mahtook. HR—Phegley, Sands. CS—Sanchez, C. PO—Sanchez, C.
|Paulino (L, 0-2)||5||7||5||3||3||3|
|Montgomery (W, 4-1)||8||2||2||2||1||7|
|Beliveau (S, 2)||1||0||0||0||1||2|
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