[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Justin Ruggiano's two-out two-run single in the 15th gave the Bulls a 5-3 win over Toledo on Friday night, and a split of the first half of an eight-game road trip.
Ruggiano's bases loaded single to center off Fu-Te Ni came on a 3-2 pitch after he was behind in the count 0-2. Jon Weber had started the rally against Matt Rusch (2-3) with a walk.
It was Weber who kept the game going in the 14th. His one-hop throw to the plate on Clete Thomas' single prevented Scott Sizemore from scoring the game-winning run. Julio DePaula (1-3), the last of six Durham pitchers, got the victory with three scoreless innings in relief.
Durham had the lead in the 10th at 3-2 on Ray Sadler's 10th homer before Thomas doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the 10th. It appeared Thomas scored the winning run on a stolen bases of third that got away from Ray Olmedo, but umpire interference was ruled on John Jaso's throw, and Thomas was sent back to second.
Durham, 41-34, won its final game before Manager Charlie Montoyo left the team. Montoyo's son Alex will undergo his third open heart surgery next week. Coaches Dave Myers and Xavier Hernandez will manage the club in his stead.
Durham opens a four-game series at Columbus on Saturday at 7:05. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 6:45.
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