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WINSTON-SALEM — Christian Taugner turned in a quality start by tossing six innings without a walk, and the Carolina Mudcats scratched out runs in the second and third innings to claim a 2-1 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark on Friday night.
Taugner, a right-hander, scattered six and struck out four as the Mudcats climbed to 57-54 overall and 18-24 in the second half of the Advanced-A Carolina League season. Winston-Salem dropped to 57-48 in all games, 19-22 during second-half play.
Carolina overcame a first-inning run from the Dash with Pat McInerney’s eighth home run of the season, a solo homer to left field in the second. The Mudcats took the lead for good in the top of the third on Tristen Lutz’s single that scored Mario Feliciano.
Purveyor of 11 hits, Carolina was paced by 3-for-5 efforts from Feliciano and Lutz. Feliciano doubled. Leadoff batter Zach Clark went 2 for 5.
For Winston-Salem, Steele Walker led the way, going 2 for 5 with a triple.
The bullpen of the Mudcats preserved the one-run lead, with Cody Beckman and Matt Hardy combining to throw two innings in relief of Taugner. Michael Petersen struck out two in the ninth to record his first save.
Kade McClure took the loss for the Dash, yielding eight hits over six innings.
The second game of the best-of-three series is set for Saturday.