Clippers Edge Bulls In Road Trip Opener, 3-2

By Durham Bulls | July 26, 2013 7:33 PM

Columbus, OH --- The Columbus Clippers scored twice in the seventh to edge past the Durham Bulls 3-2 in front of 10,526 at Huntington Park on Friday night.

The Bulls (67-40) had taken a 2-1 lead on Tim Beckham's second RBI-single of the game in the top of the seventh, putting Matt Buschmann in line for his sixth win without a loss. However, the Clippers (51-57) filled the bases with none out against reliever Jeff Beliveau (L, 2-3). Ezequiel Carrera hit a grounder up the middle, with Bulls second baseman Ryan Roberts throwing home to attempt to get the force out. Roberts' throw came in on one hop, pulling Jesus Flores off of the plate for an error, tying the game. Tim Fedroff then hit a bouncer behind the mound, bobbled for an error by Beckham allowing the Clippers to score the tie-breaking run for a 3-2 lead.

In the ninth, Beckham reached second with one out when Clippers shortstop Juan Diaz dropped a skyscraping popup, and advanced to third with two outs before Vince Belnome flied out to left to end the game.

Buschmann worked six innings, fanning eight and walking four. The Bulls had won his first nine starts of the season.

Beckham singled home Kevin Kiermaier in the fifth inning to tie the game 1-1. Kiermaier scored both runs for Durham, doubling, singling and stealing a base in a hyperactive second AAA start since coming up from Montgomery.

The series continues on Saturday night with JD Martin opposing Columbus' Trevor Bauer at 7:05 PM ET.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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