The Charlotte Knights used a three-run first inning to spoil the debut of Louisville left-hander John Lamb in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.
Matt Tuiasosopo got the scoring started with a double that scored Micah Johnson, who lead off the game with a walk. Matt Davidson followed with a sac fly to score Jason Coats. Chris Marrero drove Tuiasosopo home with a triple for a 3-0 Knights lead.
Lamb, acquired from the Kansas City Royals last week in the Cincinnati Reds’ trade of Johnny Cueto, then found his groove and struck out eight batters in five innings.
After an RBI single in the fourth inning, Louisville cut the Knights’ lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning with a Chris Dominguez home run.
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Charlotte added two insurance runs in the sixth inning off reliever Sam LeCure. With two outs, Drew Garcia scored from first base on Tyler Colvin’s triple. Coats drove in Colvin with a single.
The Knights tacked on the final run of the game with a solo home run by Coats off Carlos Contreras in the ninth. Zack Phillips earned his ninth save of the season for Charlotte.
Knights right-hander Hector Noesi (1-1) went seven innings, giving up just five hits and two earned runs while striking out nine.
The Bats and Knights finish the four-game series Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Drabek (5-5) is scheduled to start for Charlotte. Left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who also was acquired in the Cueto trade, will make his Bats debut.