Buffalo, NY --- Kyle Roller and Johnny Field homered as the Durham Bulls attempted to overcome a six-run deficit, but Buffalo prevailed in the series finale 6-4 at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday night.
Eddie Gamboa (L, 2-2), making a spot-start after Blake Snell's recall to Tampa Bay, worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs in the second inning. The outing was only Gamboa's fourth since spending a month on the disabled list.
After the Bisons (35-31) tacked on a run in the fourth against Mark Sappington, the Bulls (30-38) began their pursuit.
Johnny Field homered in the sixth against Roberto Hernandez (W, 3-2), then the Bulls drilled three extra-base hits in the seventh, including doubles by JP Arencibia and Richie Shaffer to cut the deficit to 6-2. After a pitching change, Roller hammered an opposite-field homer to left to bring Durham to within 6-4.
In the eighth, the Bulls had runners at second and third with none out, but could not score, stranding the bases as Shaffer fanned.
Durham dropped the series 2-1 to Buffalo, and lost the season series to the Bisons for the first time in 10 years, 5-2.
After an off-day Thursday, the Bulls resume their nine-game road trip Friday night at Norfolk with Jaime Schultz (5-3, 3.39) opposing Norfolk's David Hale (0-4, 5.86) at 7:05 PM ET.
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