Righthander Miguel Gonzalez tossed six effective innings, Matt Davidson launched his third home run of the season, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Durham Bulls 2-1 on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series at BB&T Ballpark.
Gonzalez (1-0, 2.45) allowed one run on four hits over six innings en route to his first win of the season. The Mexico native walked two batters and struck out five in his second start of the year with the Knights. Gonzalez, 31, was signed by the Chicago White Sox on April 7 and assigned to Charlotte.
The Knights scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning against Durham starter Blake Snell (1-1, 2.51), who earned the loss. Snell, who is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in Tampa Bay’s system by Baseball America, gave up two runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Chicago’s No. 1-rated prospect by Baseball America, Tim Anderson, led off the first inning with a double, and Carlos Sanchez followed with an RBI single to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The hit for Sanchez extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 consecutive games. Sanchez was caught stealing, and Matt Davidson followed with a long home run over the center field wall to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
Durham scored in the top of the second inning with help from back-to-back singles from Richie Shaffer and Mikie Mahtook. After a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Robertson to push the runners, Nick Franklin came through with a sacrifice fly RBI.
Gonzalez, along with relievers Matt Purke and Daniel Webb, did not allow a run the rest of the way.
Sanchez recorded his 300th Knights hit in the fifth inning. Sanchez, 23, is now one of just four players in Knights franchise history with at least 300 career hits (Jordan Danks, Joe Borchard, and Josh Phegley).
The Knights open a three-game series against the Norfolk Tides on Monday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Chris Volstad (1-0, 1.69) gets the nod for the Knights in the opener.