Early Surge Lifts Chiefs Past Bulls

Durham drops second straight as Syracuse scores six early runs

JP Arencibia launched his fifth homer of the season in Durham's loss Tuesday night

By Durham Bulls | July 5, 2016 10:14 PM

DURHAM, NC - The Syracuse Chiefs scored six runs over the contest's first three innings Tuesday night on their way to a 6-4 victory over the Durham Bulls at the DBAP.

The Chiefs and Bulls traded runs through the first two innings, as Trea Turner led the game off with a homer for the visitors, before Taylor Motter blasted a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the first for a 1-1 tie. In the second frame Pedro Severino lined an RBI double to put Syracuse (39-46) back on top by a run, but Eury Perez's RBI single in the bottom of the inning once again tied the contest.

In the third Syracuse pulled away behind four unearned runs, as a two-out error allowed Turner to score for a 3-2 lead. Matt den Dekker followed with a three run dinger to left, his second homer in as many games, to put the Chiefs in front 6-2. JP Arencibia's solo home run in the bottom of the inning cut the deficit to 6-3, but the Bulls (37-50) managed just one unearned run the rest of the way to drop their second straight game, and lose for the fifth time in their last six tries.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-0) earned the win by scattering three runs across five innings on six hits and two walks, while Rafael Martin earned his 15th save of the year with a scoreless ninth. Justin Marks (2-8) suffered the loss after allowing six runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 frames and striking out seven. Making his Triple-A debut, former first round draft pick Ryne Stanek struck out four batters in 2 1/3 shutout innings, featuring a fastball in the high 90s.

Jaff Decker paced the Bulls offensively with a 2-for-4 evening, tallying the team's only multi-hit game, while Dayron Varona went 1-for-3 with his 21st double of the season.

The Bulls and Chiefs close their three-game set Wednesday at the DBAP, when RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 0.00) takes the hill for Durham against RHP AJ Cole (6-4, 4.31) for Syracuse. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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