[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Matt Joyce drove in all three of Durham's runs on Thursday, but Norfolk came up with an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth, and edged the Bulls 4-3. After Carlos Hernandez allowed three runs in the first, the lefty settled down, and the Bulls eventually tied the game thanks to the two-out hitting of Joyce.
In the fourth inning Joyce singled to right, scoring Ray Olmedo, who had singled and stole second. In the sixth Joyce came up with two down, and lined a double into the right field corner, scoring Olmedo and Johnson, who both had singled off Dave Hernandez (1-0).
With the game now tied at three, Norfolk answered against Julio DePaula (0-2). Justin Turner singled, moved to second with one out on a pickoff attempt that got away from Chris Nowak at first, and scored on Justin Christian's soft single to right. Durham managed just two hits over the final three innings against the Tides bullpen, both by Adam Kennedy.
Durham is now 10-4, 4-3 on a 10-game road trip, and a half-game ahead of Norfolk (9-4) in the South Division. The Tides have won eight straight. Game two of the four-game series is on Friday, with lefty James Houser make his Triple-A debut against Chris Tillman. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan begins at 6:55 p.m., with first pitch at 7:15p.m.