Louisville, KY --- Felix Perez drilled a two-run homer to right field on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning to send Louisville past the Durham Bulls 3-1 on Monday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
CJ Riefenhauser (L, 1-2) hung a curveball to Perez, who socked his 10th homer of the year, but his first against a lefty, to draw the Bats (36-36) even in the four-game set against the South leading Bulls (43-30).
Durham tied the game 1-1 in the eighth when Cole Figueroa barely legged out a potential double play grounder, permitting Hak-Ju Lee to score. Lee went 3-5 to lead Durham's eight-hit attack.
Enny Romero worked six strong innings for the Bulls, fashioning his second straight quality start. Romero fanned four, allowed just four hits and one walk.
David Holmberg, who entered his start with an ERA of 9.41 over six Louisville starts, pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six. Over two outings against the Bulls, Holmberg has given up just one run over 10 2/3 innings.
Mike Fontenot went 2-4, while rehabbing outfielder Brandon Guyer was 0-4 with two strikeouts in his third game with Durham.
The Bulls are 5-3 on their 10-game road trip, which ends with a 7:05 PM ET game Tuesday night followed by a Wednesday morning game against the Bats. Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 15.43) makes his second major league rehab start for the Bulls Tuesday night against Josh Smith (7-1, 3.66).