Lawrenceville, GA --- JD Martin worked into the 8th inning en route to his record-setting 16th victory, leading the Durham Bulls past the Gwinnett Braves 5-1 at Coolray Field on Wednesday night.
Martin (W, 16-4), who was making his final regular season start in advance of next week's Governor's Cup semifinal playoff opener against Indianapolis, worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing just one run and no walks. Martin improved to 3-0 against Gwinnett (57-82), permitting only one run over 20 1/3 innings against Braves hitting.
Meanwhile, Durham's 17-hit assault against Charlotte on Tuesday night carried over into its opener on Wendesday. Tim Beckham drilled the game's third pitch for a home run to left field, his first home run since July 20th, part of a four-hit night for Beckham.
MLB-rehabbing Luke Scott then bounced an infield single down the third base line, moving to third on a looping double inside the right field line by Brandon Guyer. Leslie Anderson hit a grounder to second to score Scott putting Durham up 2-0.
In the second, Beckham doubled home his second run of the game, slicing a 2-1 pitch from David Hale (L, 6-8) into the right field corner to score Kevin Kiermaier from first base for a 3-0 lead.
Brandon Guyer, who had two extra base hits on the night, grounded a triple into the left field corner to start the fifth. Jason Bourgeois hit a grounder up the middle to bring Guyer home for a 4-0 lead.
The Bulls drilled 12 hits in the win, the first time since July 20-21 where the Bulls managed double-figure hits in consecutive games.
Josh Lueke (S, 17) registered his 17th save in 18 tries, stranding a pair of Martin baserunners in the eighth. Lueke returned for the ninth, hitting a batter and allowing two singles, but left the bases loaded by striking out Matt Pagnozzi and a flyout against Jose Constanza.
Scott was 1-4 with an intentional walk in the first game on a rehab assignment for Tampa Bay.
American League All-Star Matt Moore will make a rehab start for the Bulls on Thursday night against the Braves Omar Poveda (6-7, 3.53) at 6:05 PM ET. Moore, 24, is 14-3 for Tampa Bay and currently on the DL with an elbow injury.
Bulls game story brought to you by Strayer University, Bringing Home the Bulls in September.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.