[Via email from the Durham Bulls Director of Media Relations Matt DeMargel.]
A two-out, five-run third inning rally was all the Durham Bulls would need as they dispatched the Buffalo Bisons for the second-straight night, winning 5-2 Sunday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Justin Ruggiano doubled to left plating Craig Albernaz from second and moving Henry Mateo from first to third to begin the third inning rally. That was followed by a Ray Sadler single to center, scoring both Mateo and Ruggiano to put the Bulls up 3-0. Two batters later and with the bases juiced, Ray Olmedo hit a line drive to right to score the Bulls’ final two runs while taking a 5-0 lead.
Despite out hitting Durham 10-8, the Bisons were only able two muster two runs with one coming off Bulls starter James Houser in the fifth and the other off reliever Julio DePaula in the sixth. Buffalo left 10 runners stranded on the day including a one-out, bases loaded scare in the third.
Houser (2-1) picked up the win after tossing 5.0 innings allowing just one earned run on eight hits with four walks and a strikeout. He was followed by DePaula, Jason Childers, and Winston Abreu, with Abreu picking up his team-high eighth save after closing out Buffalo in the ninth.
After just recently getting called up to Durham from Double-A Montgomery on Saturday, Bulls’ righty Chris Mason gets the start. Mason, who spent all of last season with the Bulls, went 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Montgomery before getting the call up to Durham.
After taking a 2-1 series lead, Durham will look for the series victory on Monday with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m.