Montgomery continues slide as Durham falls to Gwinnett
After allowing two hits through five innings, Mike Montgomery allowed five runs in the sixth as the Gwinnett Braves defeated the Durham Bulls 5-1 Friday night at Coolray Field.
Stefan Gartrell’s two-run homer highlighted the big inning against Montgomery (7-8), who is 0-3 in his last four starts.
Phil Gosselin singled home the first run, followed by a two-run double by Ernesto Mejia. With two outs, Gartrell hit his franchise-leading 54th career homer, a two-run blast to left.
The Bulls (86-54) were blanked into the ninth, when Craig Albernaz doubled home Kevin Kiermaier with two outs to make it a 5-1 game.
Durham mustered six hits against Gwinnett starter Kameron Loe and reliever Yohan Flande (9-7). Flande improved to 4-0 over eight appearances against Durham this season.
Luke Scott played his third straight game of his major league rehab at designated hitter for the Bulls, going 2-for-4.
Gwinnett (58-83) played its final regular season home game before a season-high 10,017 fans. Durham claimed the season series 15-6.
The Bulls will finish the regular season with a four-game, three-day series at Norfolk, starting with a doubleheader today at 5:05 p.m. The teams will resume last Friday’s rain-suspended game in the second inning with no score. A seven-inning nightcap will follow.
NOTES — Lefty Enny Romero was assigned to Durham from Double-A Montgomery. Romero, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, is considered the top lefty in the Rays system. He was 11-7 with a 2.76 ERA in Montgomery. … The Bulls will set the IL single-season strikeout record with two strikeouts tonight.
Braves 5, Bulls 1
Figueroa ss|5|0|1|0|Constanza lf|4|1|0|0
Scott dh|4|0|2|0|Cunningham cf|3|1|0|0
Guyer rf|4|0|0|0|Gosselin 2b|4|1|1|1
Belnome 1b|4|0|0|0|Mejia 1b|4|1|3|2
Anderson lf|4|0|0|0|Boggs rf|4|0|1|0
Roberts 3b|3|0|1|0|Gartrell dh|4|1|1|2
Fontenot 2b|3|0|0|0|Leonard 3b|3|0|0|0
Kiermaier cf|3|1|1|0|Pagnozzi c|2|0|0|0
Albernaz c|4|0|1|1|Kazmar ss|3|0|1|0
E—Roberts, Kazmar, Leonard. DP—Durham 1. LOB—Durham 9, Gwinnett 4. 2B—Albernaz, Mejia. HR—Gartrell (9). SB—Albernaz (3), Kazmar (8), Constanza (21), Cunningham (20).
Montgomery (L, 7-8)|7.0|6|5|5|0|4
De Los Santos|1.0|1|0|0|0|0
Flande (W, 9-7)|4.0|2|1|1|2|5
WP—Montgomery, Flande. HBP—Cunningham (by Montgomery), Pagnozzi (by Montgomery). Umpires—HP, Carlos Torres; 1B, Jeff Gosney; 3B, Ben May. T—2:29. A—10,017.