The Durham Bulls couldn’t produce one more run in the ninth inning, falling short to Syracuse, 5-4, on the road.
The Chiefs (46-76) took an early 2-1 lead in the top of the first, and after the Bulls (73-48) tied the game at three in the fifth, Syracuse added two more insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Durham starter Yonny Chirinos dropped to 11-4 this season, surrendering seven hits and all five runs by the Chiefs. Jaron Long (4-4) picked up the win for Syracuse, striking out four batters in seven innings or work.
Bulls’ center fielder Johnny Field got things started for Durham, hitting a double to score Jake Bauers in the first. Kean Wong drove in a run in the second, tying the game 2-2 before Syracuse added one more in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead.
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Willy Adames and Bauers each hit solo home runs for the final two runs of the evening for the Bulls.
The two teams continue their three-game series Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35. Ryan Yarbrough (12-6) will start for Durham. Esmil Rogers (1-1) will start for Syracuse.