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.
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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.