[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Ray Sadler had two doubles, three hits and three RBI, as Durham took an early lead, and then held on to beat Rochester 8-7 Thursday to wrap up a 6-2 road trip. Durham, which had 17 hits the previous game, scored singled runs in the first four frames against starter Phillip Humber and then tacked on three in the fifth against reliever Bobby Keppel. Sadler's second double of the day drove home the final two runs of the inning. Durham scored five of its eight runs with two out.
Rochester, down 7-3, rallied for two in the seventh against Jason Childers (5-1), who was pitching his third inning in relief of Matt DeSalvo. DeSalvo went four innings, allowing three runs in his Bulls debut.
Durham benefited from a two-out error by former Bull Jason Pridie in the ninth, and scored a key insurance run for an 8-5 lead. That was critical as Rochester rallied for two ninth inning runs against closer Winston Abreu. Abreu struck out Trevor Plouffe for his seventh save with the tying run at first.
The Bulls collected 12 hits, three from Sadler, as every Bull reached. Durham is now a season-best 13 games over .500 at 30-17 and will host Buffalo on Friday night, the start of an eight-game home stand. In winning the South Division last year, the Bulls were never more than nine games over .500.
Coverage on 99.9 the Fan begins at 6:55 with first pitch at 7:05. Tickets are available for the fireworks night at www.durhambulls.com.