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Matt Tulley tossed seven gutsy innings for Ottawa last night at RCGT Park. (Ottawa Champions image)

The Ottawa Champions picked up a franchise record eighth straight victory last night with a 3-1 win over the Quebec Capitales at RCGT Park.

Matt Tulley (W, 1-1) had his best start of the season and it came in his first home start for the Champions. He went seven scoreless innings, while only allowing two hits.

Gustavo Pierre kicked off the scoring for the Champions in the second inning with an RBI single that scored Steve Brown.

Tulley had trouble with his control throughout the first three innings. He walked four batters during that span but was able to work around them.

Tulley narrowly avoided disaster twice as during the first and fifth Phil Craig-St Louis lined a ball directly at him. Luckily, his reflexes bailed him out both times and he was able to make the plays.

In the fifth, Matt Helms reached on a double that landed just out of the reach of a diving Marcus Knecht in right field. Then, Daniel Bick drove him in with a double of his own to make the score 2-0.

Murilo Gouvea (L, 0-1) made his Can-Am League debut for the Capitales and was impressive despite picking up the loss. He went six innings and allowed just the two earned runs.

Quebec was able to get on the board once Ottawa went to the bullpen.

Raydel Sanchez entered the game and allowed a solo homer to Craig-St. Louis to cut the lead in half. It was 2-1 after eight innings.

Tyson Gillies added some insurance in the eighth with an RBI single to left field. Ricky Oropesa, who went first to third on a wild pitch, scored on the play.

Garrett Cortright threw a perfect ninth to pick up his first save as a Ottawa Champion.

The two teams will square off again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Phillippe Aumont (3-1) will take the mound for the Champions against the Capitales’ Karl Gelinas (3-2).

In other Can-Am League action, Trois-Rivieres split a twinbill with Sussex County. The Aigles won 5-4 and the Miners won 9-3. New Jersey and Rockland were postponed.

-Ottawa Champions

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