BULLS SNAP SLUMP
The first-place Durham Bulls matched their biggest comeback of the season, recovering from an early four-run deficit that reversed a four-game losing skid in an 11-10 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Sunday.
Toledo hit three home runs in a four-run first inning, but the Bulls battled back in the second, tying the game on a three-run home run by Justin Christian.
That was all the scoring Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo got to see. When home plate umpire A.J. Johnson called Jeremy Moore out on a play at the plate in the third, Montoyo argued the call and was ejected, marking his first ejection since July 20, 2010, a span of 584 games.
Without their manager, the Bulls (57-50) fell behind again, giving up two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to trail 7-4.
Durham wasn’t done, however, mounting its second comeback of the night in the sixth inning.
Vince Belnome led off with a homer to right before Christian added an RBI single, his fourth RBI of the night, and Mike Fontenot tied the game on an RBI grounder. Christian then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
The Bulls added some insurance in the seventh on an RBI double by Belnome and a two-run triple by catcher Ali Solis. They needed it all as a mammoth three-run homer by Mike Hessman in the ninth cut Toledo’s (54-56) the margin to one.
Adam Liberatore (4-1) earned the victory with one-third inning of relief, as starter Matt Andriese allowed seven runs (six earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ortega (2-2) took the loss, surrendering a run in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
Christian finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs, while Belnome and Solis each 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Durham tied a season-high with its 16 hits, and finished a run shy of tying its season-high for runs.
The teams combined to hit seven dingers, with the Bulls surrendering five of them.
The Bulls close out the home stand today at 7:05 p.m. with right-hander Nathan Karns (7-5, 4.91) starting on the mound against Toledo lefty Duane Below (8-4, 3.78).
Durham Bulls (57-50) 11, Toledo Mud Hens (54-56) 10
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2B: Lennerton (19, Andriese).
HR: Lennerton (6, 1st inning off Andriese, 1 on, 1 out), Collins (17, 1st inning off Andriese, 0 on, 2 out), Pina (3, 1st inning off Andriese, 0 on, 2 out), Guez (13, 5th inning off Andriese, 1 on, 0 out), Hessman (21, 9th inning off Lueke, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Collins 4; Guez 4; Lennerton 6; Carrera 2; Hessman 5; Pina 5.
RBI: Lennerton 2 (34), Collins (53), Pina (10), Guez 2 (34), Worth (12), Hessman 3 (46).
2-out RBI: Collins; Pina; Hessman 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Collins; Carrera.
SAC: Douglas; Gaynor.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.
CS: Carrera (13, 2nd base by Andriese/Solis).
Outfield assists: Collins (Moore at home).
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2B: Moore (7, Lobstein), Betemit (15, Lobstein), Belnome (20, Schlereth).
3B: Solis (2, Schlereth).
HR: Christian (9, 2nd inning off Lobstein, 2 on, 1 out), Belnome (9, 6th inning off Smith, C, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Solis 4; Moore 3; Betemit 3; Olmedo 2; Belnome 7; Christian 6; Nix, J 2.
RBI: Olmedo (17), Christian 4 (33), Belnome 2 (37), Fontenot (34), Solis 2 (17).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit 2; Solis; Nix, J; Fontenot.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 6.
E: Andriese (2, fielding).
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|Geltz (H, 9)||2.0||1||0||0||0||5||0||2.30|
Smith, C pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.
WP: Ortega, J, Schlereth.
Pitches-strikes: Lobstein 86-49, Smith, C 12-7, Ortega, J 12-6, Schlereth 29-16, Faulk 13-10, Andriese 83-54, Liberatore 4-3, Geltz 34-23, Lueke 20-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lobstein 7-4, Smith, C 0-0, Ortega, J 2-0, Schlereth 1-0, Faulk 1-0, Andriese 6-3, Liberatore 0-0, Geltz 1-0, Lueke 0-1.
Batters faced: Lobstein 24, Smith, C 3, Ortega, J 4, Schlereth 7, Faulk 3, Andriese 27, Liberatore 1, Geltz 7, Lueke 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Ortega, J 2-2, Liberatore 1-0.
Ejections: Durham Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo ejected by HP umpire A. J. Johnson (3rd)
Umpires: HP: A.J. Johnson. 1B: Tom Honec. 2B: Max Guyll. 3B: Angel Campos.
Weather: 84 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park.