Pawsox Down Bulls In Series Opener, 6-4

Nix Homers, Christian Collects Three Hits In Loss

By Durham Bulls | June 28, 2014 10:06 PM

Pawtucket, RI -- Justin Henry delivered a two-run single in the fourth to lift Pawtucket past Durham 6-4 at McCoy Stadium on Saturday night.

After the Bulls (45-39) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, the PawSox (43-41) methodically rallied against starter Merrill Kelly (L, 6-2). Kelly entered his start with the seventh-ranked ERA in the league, but allowed nine hits over three-plus innings to absorb just his second loss of the season.

In the first, Jayson Nix homered to left-center with one out to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. After a triple by Justin Christian, Mikie Mahtook singled home the run for a 2-0 edge. Following a walk, Curt Casali doubled to right-center to make it a 4-0 lead.

After the four-run inning against Steven Wright (W, 3-1), the knuckleballer shut down the Bulls over his next six frames.

The PawSox scored a run in each of the first three innings against Kelly before Henry singled home two in the fourth to give Pawtucket a 5-4 lead, knocking Kelly from the game.

Pawtucket scored a run in the last of the eighth for a 6-4 lead before Rich Hill (S, 2) notched his second save of the year.

The four-game series between the Bulls and PawSox continues Sunday at 1:05 PM ET with Enny Romero opposing lefty Chris Hernandez.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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