DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls completed the three-game sweep of the Buffalo Bisons Thursday morning, earning a 4-2 win at the DBAP for the team's fourth straight victory.
Durham (17-11), which has now won five straight series, scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning. Taylor Motter, Vince Belnome and Mikie Mahtook all reached to lead off the game, before Motter came around to score on a wild pitch for a 1-0 advantage. Two batters later Curt Casali delivered an RBI single to left field, scoring Belnome and putting the Bulls ahead by two.
Buffalo (15-12) struck for its first runs of the series in the third inning when it plated a pair behind three hits and a sacrifice fly. The Bulls would counter in the bottom of the fourth though, as Hak-Ju Lee singled to lead off the frame before later scoring on a groundout.
Durham capped the contest's scoring in the sixth, as Alexi Casilla and Lee tallied back-to-back singles to start the frame, before Casilla later scored on a sacrifice fly from Motter for a 4-2 lead.
Southpaw Everett Teaford (2-1) earned the victory, allowing two runs on just three hits over five innings while striking out four. Jhan Mariñez tossed 2 1/3 scoreless out of the bullpen, while lefty Jordan Norberto recorded a pair of outs in the eighth. In the ninth inning, Ronald Belisario earned his fifth save in as many chances with a perfect frame. Todd Redmond (0-1) was the loser for the Bisons, allowing two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings of relief.
Lee and Motter led the Durham offense, each finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored, while seven of the Bulls' nine starters finished with a base hit.
Durham heads north for a six-game road trip, beginning Friday in Syracuse in the opener of a three-game set. RHP Matt Buschmann (2-2, 2.84) makes the start for Durham, opposite RHP Taylor Jordan (1-2, 2.79) for the Chiefs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium.