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Archer Outdueled By Owens

April 28, 2012
DURHAM, NC - Despite holding the Indianapolis Indians to just three hits, the Durham Bulls were unable to score on Saturday night, losing 2-0. Chris Archer only allowed two hits in his six innings of work, but an RBI triple was all the support Indy's Rudy Owens needed.

Archer pitched well in his second start in front of his home crowd, matching his season long outing and striking out five. The Clayton native's lone mistake came in the second inning, when he allowed a single to Jordy Mercer and then a triple to Brandon Boggs. Mercer would score on the extra base hit and Boggs came home via sacrifice fly by catcher Jose Morales. Ryan Reid and Cesar Ramos relieved Archer and tossed three innings of scoreless ball. Ramos pitched the top of the ninth inning and struck out the side looking.

Owens allowed six hits and walked only his first batter of the season in the start against the Bulls. The lefty tossed seven innings of shutout ball on his way to his first victory. Jared Hughes and Doug Slaten pitched the remaining two innings to seal the shutout. Slaten earned his first save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, sealing the Bulls 12th straight loss.

The Bulls continue their four game series against the Indians on Sunday evening at 5:05pm. RHP Alex Cobb (0-2, 4.09) heads to the mound for the Bulls, while Indianapolis sends out LHP Justin Wilson (1-3, 3.97). Following the game, Kids Run the Bases thanks to Pepsi.