DURHAM, NC - The Durham Bulls' four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night at the DBAP, as they fell to the Charlotte Knights 4-2.
The Knights (30-22) got to Durham starter Matt Buschmann in the second inning, scoring the game's first run behind a double, passed ball and a wild pitch. In the fifth the visitors extended their lead, as Jason Coats cracked a three-run homer over the right-centerfield wall for a 4-0 advantage.
In the seventh Durham (30-24) scored its first run when Curt Casali came around to score on a bases-loaded double play. In the ninth Casali led off with a homer over the Blue Monster to cut the deficit to 4-2, but that was as close as the Bulls would get.
Right-hander Matt Lindstrom (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Knights, tossing two scoreless frames, while Maikel Cleto earned his first save of the season. Buschmann (5-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over four innings, before three relievers combined to shut down Charlotte over the final five innings.
The rubber match of the three-game set is scheduled for Thursday at 7:05 p.m., when the Bulls send LHP Scott Diamond (4-2, 3.54) to the mound opposite RHP Scott Haviland (1-3, 6.00) for the Knights.
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