Rochester starter Logan Darnell tossed his second complete game shutout of the season Friday as the Red Wings beat the Charlotte Knights 5-0 in the opening game of their three-game series.
The Knights remain in a tie for first place in the International League South Division after the Gwinnett Braves lost their game to the Syracuse Chiefs.
Darnell (5-4, 3.74) was sharp and allowed just five hits to the International League’s leading offensive team on Friday. Darnell, who also tossed a complete game shutout on Aug. 28 in Buffalo, allowed just one walk and struck out four over nine innings. He threw 109 pitches, 72 for strikes.
The Red Wings scored first in the game and did so in the bottom of the first inning against Charlotte starter Scott Carroll (0-2, 6.75), who was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs over 5 1/3 innings.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kennys Vargas drove home Byron Buxton with a sacrifice fly to give the ‘Wings a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Buxton doubled home Wilfredo Tovar for the game’s second run, 2-0. One inning later, the Red Wings scored three more runs to pull away from the Knights.
Charlotte outfielder J.B. Shuck doubled to extend his hit streak to nine consecutive games.
The Knights and Red Wings will continue their series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Tommy Milone (2-0, 2.18 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Rochester. Charlotte’s starter has not been named.