Charlotte Knights

Floro, Durham Bulls outduel Drabek, Charlotte Knights

The Charlotte Knights dropped the opener of a three-game series in Durham, 2-1, a pitcher’s duel in which the two starters combined to allow just three runs on 11 hits while each went six strong innings.

The Knights jumped to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jason Coats drove in Matt Davidson, who had doubled, a two-out single off of the Bulls’ Dylan Floro.

Ryan Brett, who rejoined the Bulls last week after his first major-league stint with Tampa Bay, started the bottom of the inning with a leadoff double, and later scored on Eugenio Velez’s single to tie the score at 1-1. J.P. Arencibia drove in Velez with a single.

The two-run inning proved to be enough for Floro, who allowed six hits over six innings to earn his fifth win of the season.

Knights starter Kyle Drabek took the loss despite allowing just two runs on five hits over six strong innings. Drabek (1-3) now has a strong 2.36 ERA over eight starts as a Knight.

Left-hander Enny Romero relieved Floro to begin the seventh inning and delivered three scoreless innings of two-hit ball to seal the victory for the Bulls.

The Knights and Bulls continue their three-game series Wednesday night at 7:05 as Charlotte right-hander Chris Beck is set to take on Matt Buschmann. The two teams will play the series finale on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. before the Knights return to Charlotte to take on the Norfolk Tides in a three-game weekend set at BB&T BallPark.