(DURHAM, NC) -- Mike Marjama homered for the third time in as many days to help lead the Durham Bulls to a 6-0 win over the Charlotte Knights on Thursday in the finale of their four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. With the win, the Bulls took all four games in the series against the Knights. Charlotte, who began the year 4-0, is now 4-4 on the season.
RHP Lucas Giolito (0-1, 7.56) started for the Knights and allowed three runs (all earned) on three hits over four innings and was saddled with the loss. The 22-year-old right-hander worked into the fifth inning before being removed for reliever Chris Beck. Giolito, who was acquired by the Chicago White Sox in the trade with the Washington Nationals for Adam Eaton, threw 90 pitches (43 for strikes).
Durham starter Taylor Guerrieri left after just 3.2 scoreless innings with an apparent injury. Reliever Justin Marks (3-0, 1.59) earned the win after tossing 1.1 innings without allowing a run or a hit. Durham pitching held the Knights to just three hits and no runs. It was the first time this season the Knights had been held without a run.
Offensively for the Knights, first baseman Danny Hayes led the way with two hits. Hayes, who homered twice on April 8 -- including a grand slam that night -- upped his season batting average to .367 with the two hits. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois added Charlotte's only other hit. For Bourgeois, it was the 349th of his Knights career, which is third all-time in franchise history.
Charlotte reliever Zack Burdi, who is ranked by Baseball America as the sixth best prospect in the system, tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning. Chicago's top overall prospect, Yoan Moncada, went 0-for-4 on the night.
The Knights will now hit the road and make the trek to Norfolk, VA to open a three-game series on Friday night from Harbor Park. RHP Tyler Danish (1-0, 1.80) will start for the Knights against LHP Jayson Aquino (0-1, 12.00) for the Tides. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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