Buffalo, NY --- Wade LeBlanc struck out 11 over eight innings to lead Buffalo past Durham 5-1 on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field.
LeBlanc (W, 7-2), who permitted just an unearned run in the third, came up one strikeout shy of matching a career-best. The game marked LeBlanc's eight consecutive quality start, and overtook the International League ERA lead to 1.51.
One night after a season-high seven extra-base hits, Durham (30-37) managed just five singles against LeBlanc and Bo Schultz, who tossed a scoreless ninth.
With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth, Matt Dominguez drilled a grand slam to left against Durham starter Justin Marks (L, 2-5). Entering the fifth, Marks had permitted just two hits and only a first inning run. The Bisons built the sixth inning on a single, walk and one-out hit batter. Dominguez drove home all five Buffalo runs.
Marks surrendered five earned runs over six frames on four hits. Former Bisons reliever Neil Wagner pitched a scoreless seventh in his first game against his former team.
The rubber game of the series on Wednesday night will pit Eddie Gamboa (2-1, 1.80) against Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.47) at 7:05 PM ET.