The Charlotte Knights scored in each of the first four innings to take a five-run lead on their way to a 7-1 victory in the opener of a four-game series with the Louisville Bats, the Class AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Matt Davidson homered and Scott Carroll went six strong innings to earn the win, snapping the Knights’ four-game losing streak.
Davidson’s first-inning home run pushed his team-leading total to 16 on the season and gave Charlotte an early 2-0 lead. The third baseman is tied with Richie Shaffer of the Durham Bulls for the third-most homers this season, four behind International League leader J.P. Arencibia, also of the Bulls.
Carroll made his 10th start of the season and pitched a season-high-tying six innings of one-run ball to earn his fourth win. He has made 12 appearances out of the Chicago White Sox bullpen over two stints this season, but he has acted exclusively as a starter in Class AAA this season.
Kevan Smith and Chris Jacobs joined Davidson with multi-hit performances, with Smith’s 3-for-4 night leading all Charlotte batters.
Tony Cingrani was saddled with the loss in his first start since being optioned to Louisville from Cincinnati, allowing four runs on six hits over three innings.
Leury Garcia rejoined the Knights after a brief stint with the White Sox and added a bases-loaded, RBI groundout in the ninth inning. He also saved a run by throwing out Irving Falu at home from center field for the final out of the fifth.
The Knights will continue their 10-game road trip Tuesday with a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Bats.