DURHAM, N.C. -- The Durham Bulls rapped out 12 hits, including four home runs, en route to a 7-1 win over the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday.
Bulls right fielder Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run off Charlotte starter Esteban Loaiza in the bottom of the first inning, setting the tone for the evening. Dan Johnson scored on an RBI groundout by Elliot Johnson in the fourth inning, then Ruggiano and Dan Johnson hit back-to-back home runs off Lance Broadway in the fifth.
The Knights finally answered in the top of the sixth inning, when Cole Armstrong's single to left scored Jason Bourgeois, who led off the inning with a single, then stole second.
The Bulls added another two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly before Josh Johnson capped the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.
Armstrong was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Knights, while Ruggiano was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored for the Bulls.
Loaiza (0-2) took the loss after allowing a run on two hits in two innings of work. Jeff Niemann (6-2) went the distance for the Bulls, allowing just one run on seven hits.
The Knights and Bulls conclude the series today at 7:05 p.m. before Charlotte hosts Durham for a two-game set on Friday and Saturday.