DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox 9-1 Thursday night at the DBAP in the opener of a four-game set, managing just four hits and surrendering 16.
After the game was halted in the bottom of the first for two hours because of rain, the PawSox (46-42) plated two runs in the top of the second inning on a bases-loaded double play ground out and a passed ball. The 2-0 score held until the fifth inning, when IL All-Star Chris Marrero launched a two-run dinger over the Blue Monster to double the visitor's lead to four.
In the sixth Pawtucket put the game away, as Chris Dominguez's two-run homer scored Deven Marrero, and later in the frame Chris Marrero singled home Christian Vasquez for a 7-0 advantage. The visitors added a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth to make it a 9-0 game, but in the bottom of the final inning the Bulls (38-51) avoided being shut out, as Daniel Robertson singled home Juniel Querecuto.
After being held hitless through the first seven innings, Durham's (38-51) Jake Goebbert singled with two outs in the eighth to break up a potential no-hitter for the PawSox.
Kyle Martin (3-3) earned the win in relief for the Red Sox by tossing 3 1/3 scoreless frames and striking out six. Parker Markel (2-3) took the loss for the Bulls after he allowed two runs (one earned) in 2 2/3 innings of works in relief of starter Eddie Gamboa.
The Bulls and PawSox square off Friday night at 7:05 p.m., when RHP Austin Pruitt (7-5, 2.99) takes the hill for Durham against LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-3, 2.83) for Pawtucket.
With the length of the rain delay, fans with tickets to Thursday's game can exchange their ticket to Friday's game against the PawSox for a ticket of equal or lesser value, based on availability. This exchange can only be done in-person at the Frontier Communications Ticket Office, which opens at 9 a.m. Friday morning. Fans with questions can call 919.956.BULL.
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