Limited to two appearances last season while in the Chicago Cubs organization because of right shoulder inflammation, Jacob Turner struck out seven batters over six innings Saturday to help the Class AAA Charlotte Knights beat Durham 4-1 at BB&T BallPark.
Turner (1-0, 1.80 ERA) allowed just four hits to gain his first win since June 14, 2015, while with Class AA Tennesee.
The Bulls were ahead 1-0 when left-hander Adam Wilk (0-1, 4.22 ERA) ran into trouble in the fourth inning.
Jason Coats started the Charlotte rally by reaching third after Durham right fielder Richie Shaffer dropped a fly ball. Coats would score on a Daniel Fields groundout to tie the score.
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An inning later, Jacob May singled to lead off and Tim Anderson followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Carlos Sanchez reached base on a fielder's choice to score May from third. Matt Davidson followed with an RBI single to put Charlotte’s lead to 3-1.
In the eighth inning, Coats smacked a solo home run.
Relievers Blake Smith and Tommy Kahnle were sharp in relief of Turner. Smith struck out two batters over two scorless innings, and Kahnle retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save of the season.
The win was Charlotte's first at home this season and second against the Bulls in seven games this season.
The teams will wrap up their series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday when right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will get the start for the Knights against left-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 1.86 ERA).