Karns, Moore carry Durham past Buffalo, 4-2
Strong pitching from Nate Karns and yet another Jeremy Moore home run propelled first-place Durham on Friday night.
Karns tossed seven innings of one-run ball and Moore blasted a two-run home run as the Bulls topped Buffalo 4-2 in International League baseball.
The Bulls took the lead in the first inning and were aided by Buffalo starting pitcher Deck McGuire’s struggles with the strike zone.
Robby Price led off the inning with a single and, after two outs, McGuire walked three consecutive Durham batters to force Price home to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
Durham extended the lead to 3-0 with two more runs in the third inning thanks to Moore, a hot-hitting outfielder. After Curt Casali drew a lead-off walk, Moore blasted his fifth home run since his promotion to Durham from Double-A Montgomery.
Karns (6-5) allowed only a single run in the sixth inning. He struck out seven Buffalo batters while scattering five hits and issuing only two walks.
Three Durham relief pitchers covered the final two innings.
Buffalo scored a run in the eighth off left-hander Adam Liberatore before Brandon Gomes got the final two outs of the inning.
Leading 3-2 entering the ninth, the Bulls added an important insurance run when Vince Belmome doubled in Justin Christian, who had reached on a lead-off single.
Left-hander Jeff Beliveau pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Bulls to pick up his 11th save.