DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls spread around eight hits, but could only plate two runs in a 6-2 loss to the Louisville Bats on Wednesday at the DBAP.
Nick Franklin hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1-all for the Bulls (10-11) in the fourth inning, but the Bats (10-8) used a four-run sixth to pull away. Taylor Motter later scored after a leadoff double in the sixth and a Richie Shaffer single two at-bats later for the Bulls' other run.
Andrew Bellatti (0-1) took the loss for Durham, but had three strikeouts in one inning pitched. Rehabbing major leaguer John Lamb (1-2) earned the win for Louisville with eight innings and five strikeouts.
Kyle Roller went 2 for 4 to extend his on-base streak to 14 games, and Daniel Robertson had a single in the fourth to push his hitting streak to eight games. Both streaks are the Bulls' longest this season.
The Bulls host the Bats for the second game in this three-game set at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at the DBAP. Tickets can be purchased at DurhamBulls.com, or by calling the Frontier Communications Ticket Office at 919.956.BULL.