DURHAM, N.C. - The Durham Bulls scored six times in the fifth inning to pull away for a 10-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Anderson Feliz and Joey Terdoslavich cranked solo home runs for the Tribe in the loss.
Durham (1-0), who finished the 2017 regular season 30 games over .500 at 86-56 while owning the International League's best home record with a 45-26 mark, looked the part out of the gate.
The Bulls got to Tribe starter Clay Holmes for two runs in the first, despite tallying just one hit in the inning. Holmes allowed an RBI single to Jake Bauers, a knock that was sandwiched by four walks. The right-hander's last free pass to Taylor Featherston forced home a run to put Indy in a 2-0 hole.
Johnny Field sparked Durham to another run in the following frame. He singled with one away and took second on a deep flyout to center. Willy Adames then smashed a single through the left side, scoring Field from second who beat Feliz's throw home narrowly with a head-first slide.
Indianapolis (0-1) used the long ball to bring themselves back within one. Feliz lined the first pitch he saw from Ryan Yarbrough out to right in the third to make it 3-1, and Terdoslavich launched a one-out solo shot in the fourth.
Indy went quietly in the fifth before Durham erupted for six runs on five hits and a crucial error. Adames and Bauers reached on infield singles to start the rally, setting up a Patrick Leonard run-scoring double. That two-bagger knocked Holmes out of the game.
His replacement, Johnny Barbato, surrendered an RBI single to Shane Peterson that extended the home team's lead to 5-2. Durham added four more in the inning, two trotting home after Erich Weiss misplayed a popup on the infield at second base with two outs.
Durham widened the gap to 10-2 on a Featherston RBI single in the sixth. Indy completed the scoring on a Weiss two-out knock in the eighth.
Edgar Santana and Jack Leathersich worked scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, but it was too little, too late for the Tribe who fell behind in the Governors' Cup semifinal series, 1-0.
Holmes (0-1) suffered the loss after yielding a season-high six runs on seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings pitched. Yarbrough (1-0) earned the win, limiting the Tribe to a pair of solo home runs over six innings of work.
The Indians and Bulls continue their best-of-five series with Game 2 on Thursday night. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (9-2, 1.93) will start for the Tribe, opposite Bulls righty Yonny Chirinos (12-5, 2.74). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m., and the broadcast can be heard on Fox Sports 97.5 or AM 1260.
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