[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]
Jason Childers nailed down his fifth save in as many outings, as the Bulls won three of four at defending IL Champion Scranton, taking a 3-1 decision on Friday night.
Childers entered the game in the eighth with the bases full and one out, and got Juan Miranda (15 HR 59 RBI) to pop out, and then Yurendell DeCaster, who had hit in 14 straight games, grounded into a fielder's choice.
Childers then allowed singles to the first two hitters in the ninth, but struck out Eric Duncan. Ray Sadler then made a diving grab on Doug Bernier's soft line drive to shallow center, and Ramiro Pena bounced to second to end the game.
That made a winner out of Carlos Hernandez (7-6), who allowed just a run on two hits over five innings.
Durham scored single tallies in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Rhyne Hughes drove in the tying run with a two-out single in the fourth. Matt Joyce's fifth inning groundout gave Durham the lead, and Ray Olmedo's single in the sixth added insurance.
Hughes, Olmedo and Elliot Johnson each had two hits. Durham is 61-46, and heads home in first place in the South Division after playing 15 of its last 20 on the road.
Durham hosts Indianapolis on Saturday, the first of eight straight at home. LHP Jason Cromer starts against RHP Jose Ascanio, just acquired from the Cubs at the deadline. Coverage on 99.9 the Fan ESPN Radio begins at 6:45 with first pitch at 7:05. Tickets are available at www.durhambulls.com.