MOOSIC, PA - The Durham Bulls dropped their third straight game to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, falling 4-3 for their third straight one-run defeat.
Durham (45-58) struck for the contest's first runs, scoring twice in the second inning. JP Arencibia led off the frame with his 10th home run of the campaign, and later in the inning Jaff Decker's sacrifice fly scored Casey Gillaspie, who had singled after Arencibia's homer.
The RailRiders (64-38) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning on Jake Cave's sacrifice fly. In the third Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the lead for good, scoring three times when Tyler Austin delivered a two-out, bases-loaded double for a 4-2 lead.
Gillaspie singled with one out in the fourth frame, and scored two batters later when Richie Shaffer lined a double to left field to make it a one-run game. The visitors threatened in the fifth inning but could not score, and did not advance a runner past second base the rest of the game to drop the four-game set.
Kyle Haynes (4-4) picked up the win for the RailRiders, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings. Nick Goody earned his fourth save of the campaign with a perfect ninth inning, while Eddie Gamboa (4-3) suffered the loss by allowing four runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 2/3 frames.
Gillaspie led the way for Durham offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Arencibia extended his hitting streak to 10 games and homered for the fourth time on the road trip. The Bulls closed the season-long 11-game road trip with a 5-6 mark.
Durham opens a six-game homestand on Monday with the first game of a three-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens. RHP Jake Faria (1-2, 6.10) is scheduled to start for the Bulls while the Mud Hens have yet to name a starter. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at the DBAP.
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