Columbus, OH --- JD Martin became the winningest pitcher in the minor leagues, pitching six strong innings to lead Durham past Columbus 4-2 at Huntington Park on Saturday night.
Martin (W, 13-4) won his 13th game, remaining unbeaten in his last six starts, as the Bulls (68-40) evened their four-game series against the Clippers (51-58).
The Clippers touched Martin for an unearned run in the first and a second run in the next frame before the Bulls started their rally.
Facing the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Cole Figueroa delivered a two-run, two-out single against Trevor Bauer in the fourth to the the game. Jason Bourgeois then singled home Ryan Roberts in the fifth, handing Martin a 3-2 lead.
Martin blanked the Clippers over his final four innings before turning the lead over to the back-end Bulls tandem of Josh Lueke and Kirby Yates (S, 13). Lueke pitched two shutout innings, fanning one and receiving a line drive double play to escape the eighth inning. Yates retired the Clippers in order in the ninth to record his 13th save.
The Bulls extended to their largest lead of the year in the South, taking a commanding 12 1/2 game lead over Norfolk.
Mike Fontenot drove an RBI-double in the eighth inning to bring home Durham's insurance run.
The series, now even 1-1, continues Sunday night at 6:05 PM ET with Jake Odorizzi (7-4, 3.64) starting against Danny Salazar (3-2, 3.28).
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