Indianapolis, IN --- Erik Gonzalez collected three hits and drove in three runs to lead Indianapolis past Durham 8-3 on Saturday night at Victory Field.
Gonzalez, rehabbing from a broken clavicle in April, keyed a three-run fourth with a two-run triple inches inside the right field line to aid the Indians (49-49) to a 5-1 lead. Gonzalez singled in the second and fifth innings to cap a 3-5 night.
Durham (59-41) fell behind earlier as starting pitcher Arturo Reyes (L, 6-5) surrendered two unearned runs in the first inning. Reyes walked the first hitter on four pitches, then bounced a throw to second base on a potential double play comebacker to set up the inning. After an infield single filled the bases, Reyes induced a double play grounder to score the first run. But Kevin Kramer stroked a right field single to score a second run for a 2-0 lead.
After left fielder Pablo Reyes made a diving catch toward the line to rob Jesus Sanchez of a two-run double in the second, the Bulls got on the board against Cam Vieaux (W, 3-1) thanks to a solo home run to left field by Matt Duffy.
Two innings later, Kevin Padlo creamed a 480' home run to left field to bring the Bulls within 5-2, but Indianapolis scored three more times in the fifth to effectively put the game away.
Reyes worked 4 1/3 innings, permitting seven hits and six walks. Of the eight runs allowed, six were charged against Reyes.
Cole Sulser, Pete Fairbanks and Vidal Nuno combined to blank the Indians over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Jason Coats had two of Durham's seven hits, wth Padlo going 2-4.
Durham's lead in the South was trimmed to 1/2 game as second place Gwinnett won again Saturday night.
The series and road trip wraps up Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM ET with Ricardo Pinto (6-3, 3.58) matching up against Mitch Keller (7-4, 3.21).
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