DURHAM, N.C. - Charlie Montoyo became the winningest manager in Durham Bulls history with his 614th win Monday night at the DBAP, as the Bulls defeated the Rochester Red Wings 5-1.
Montoyo, in his eighth season at the helm of the Bulls, took the franchise lead away from International League Hall of Fame skipper Bill Evers, who won 613 games as Durham manager from 1998-2005.
Returning home for the first time since July 7, the first-place Bulls struggled early against Rochester starter Sean Gilmartin, who started the game by retiring 10 straight hitters, and striking out five of the first seven batters he faced.
Durham (56-46) broke through in the fourth inning though, when Jeremy Moore doubled home Jayson Nix. After Rochester tied the score in the top of the fifth, the Bulls pulled back in front in the bottom of the frame on Hak-Ju Lee's RBI grounder.
The Bulls broke the game open in the seventh, as Ali Solis hit a two-run double, and Lee drove in his second run of the game on an RBI double of his own to give the home side a four-run advantage.
Southpaw Enny Romero (4-10) earned the win, keeping Rochester at bay by allowing one run in six innings, striking out four. Right-hander Steve Geltz tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth frame, before Josh Lueke allowed just a single in the ninth to preserve the Bulls' seventh victory in their last 10 games. Gilmartin (1-2) suffered the loss for Rochester (55-48), allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings.
The Bulls and Red Wings continue the four-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Andriese (11-4, 3.19) starts for Durham against RHP Mark Hamburger (1-1, 3.86) for Rochester.