Rochester, NY --- Mike Brosseau had his first two-home run game of his career, while Jake Cronenworth hit a grand slam to lead Durham past Rochester 11-8 on Friday night at Frontier Field.
Durham (20-14) hit a season-high five home runs en route to its 10th straight road victory, and sixth straight overall.
The Bulls scored five times in the second against starter Chase De Jong (L, 0-4). Christian Arroyo hit a lead off home run, then Cronenworth slugged a slam to right field later in the inning for a 5-0 advantage.
Aftre the Red Wings (13-18) closed to within 6-5 after four innings, the Bulls stretched the lead in the fifth. Addison Reed, on a big league rehab assignment with the Minnesota Twins, allowed five hits in the frame, including four straight to begin the inning. Brosseau clubbed a home run to left to start the inning for a 7-5 lead. Jason Coats doubled, Mac James singled, followed by a run-scoring single to left by Emilio Bonifacio. Two hitters later, Cronenworth singled home a run to center, for his career-best 5th RBI of the game.
Rochester closed to within 9-8 in the eighth, but the Bulls deilvered one last power surge to put the game away. Brosseau connected to start the ninth against Gabriel Moya, his second of the game, and the first time in his 269-game minor league career with two home runs.
Two batters later, Mac James hit his first home run of the season, the fifth of the game for Durham.
Slegers (W, 2-1) permitted 10 hits and six runs (five earned) over five innings to earn the win over his original organization. Slegers earned 20 wins over two seasons with the Red Wings.
The series continues Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET with Oliver Drake opening for the Bulls against Devin Smeltzer (0-0, 0.00).
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