Nathan Moreau is making his difficult April a distant memory.
Moreau struck out eight over six innings and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter Friday as the Delmarva Shorebirds shut down the Lakewood BlueClaws, 2-0.
The 23-year-old left-hander yielded only a bunt single to Leandro Castro with two outs in the first en route to his longest outing of the season. He walked one while falling one strikeout shy of matching the career high he set twice last season.
Brent Allar walked one and fanned two over two innings and Josh Dowdy struck out two in a perfect ninth for his sixth save. He nailed down Delmarva's second shutout of the season as the Shorebirds snapped a three-game losing streak.
Moreau (1-2) was winless in 15 appearances, including six starts, since Aug. 12. He began the season in the bullpen and went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in April. However, the former 11th-round Draft pick is 1-0 with an 0.36 ERA in seven games in May.
Since moving into the starting rotation, Moreau is 1-0 with an 0.60 ERA in three outings.
Brian Conley produced all of the game's offense with a two-run double in the fifth.
Lakewood's Brody Colvin (3-6), who pitched seven shutout innings in his last start, took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits over six frames.
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