DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls earned a pair of wins over the Norfolk Tides Friday at the DBAP, earning a 3-2 victory in the completion of a suspended game, and a 3-1 victory in the regularly scheduled contest.
To open the evening, Durham and Norfolk completed a game that was suspended Monday in Norfolk with the score tied 1-1 in the sixth. After the game resumed at the DBAP, the Tides jumped out to a 2-1 lead on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth. Durham came back with a pair of runs in the eighth on Christian Arroyo's double, putting the division champions in front 3-2.
In the bottom of the ninth Jaime Schultz allowed the first two runners to reach base, but earned a strikeout and induced a double play to preserve the victory, and pick up his third save of the season.
Kyle Bird (2-1) earned the win with three innings of relief, allowing one run and striking out five. Evan Phillips (4-6) took the loss, surrendering two runs in two innings on two hits and two walks.
In the regularly scheduled contest, the home side broke a scoreless tie on a RBI double by Arroyo in the third. The very next inning, Jason Coats launched a two-run homer over the Blue Monster, giving the Bulls a 3-0 advantage.
Norfolk plated a run in the seventh inning on an RBI groundout from Ruben Tejada, but that was as close as the visitors would come. Jake Faria (2-1) picked up the victory by tossing 5.1 scoreless frames, striking out eight and allowing three hits. John Means (6-5) took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings.
The four-game series continues Saturday at the DBAP at 6:35 p.m. RHP Chih-Wei Hu (5-7, 4.29) is scheduled to pitch for the Bulls opposite RHP Luis Ortiz (2-1, 3.04) for the Tides.
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