Buffalo, NY --- The Buffalo Bisons pounded out 17 hits en route to a 9-4 victory over the Durham Bulls on Monday night at Coca Cola FIeld.
Initially, the Bulls' series opener looked bright when Taylor Motter homered on the first pitch of the game from Daniel Norris (W, 1-1), but Buffalo countered with three runs in the bottom half and put the Bulls (19-13) away late.
Dylan Floro (L, 3-3) surrendered a season-high 11 hits over five innings to absorb the loss. Floro had shut out the Bisons over six innings in a win on Wednesday at the DBAP. Buffalo picked up four hits in the first inning, converting on a pair of two-out doubles by Brad Glenn and Caleb Gindl to jump to a 3-1 lead. The Bisons added a run in the third and fourth.
Trailing 5-1, Nick Franklin grounded a run-scoring single to right in the fifth to slice the deficit to 5-2. In the seventh, Durham closed to 5-4 thanks to a wild pitch accounting for one run, then a bloop single by Franklin.
However, the Bisons (16-15) put the game away with two in the seventh off reliever Bryce Stowell and two additional runs in the eighth off of Grant Balfour.
Durham had swept Buffalo three straight at the DBAP last week, and saw the Bisons snap a six-game losing streak.
The series continues Tuesday night at 6:05 PM ET with Everett Teaford (2-1, 4.05) starting against Miguel Castro (0-0, 18.00).