INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians squandered a late 1-0 lead as the Durham Bulls took the series finale, 4-1, behind a four-run ninth inning on Thursday afternoon at Victory Field. The loss was Indianapolis' fourth when leading after six full innings, tied with the Texas Rangers for the most in professional baseball.
Leading 1-0, the Indians (4-10) turned to Cody Dickson in the ninth. The 2013 fourth-round pick of the Pirates failed to record an out, allowing two singles and a walk before handing over to A.J. Schugel. Curt Casali greeted Schugel by lining a soft single off the glove of Gift Ngoepe at shortstop into shallow center field, plating two runs. Following a fielder's choice and caught stealing, Mike Marjama added to Indy's bullpen woes with a two-out, two-run home run to left.
The Tribe scored their lone run in the sixth inning on consecutive two-out knocks by Ngoepe and Austin Meadows. After Ngoepe reached on an infield single, the 21-year-old Meadows slashed an opposite-field double to left to make it 1-0.
The visitors' rally spoiled an excellent start and would-be win for right-hander Clay Holmes. He tossed six innings of shutout ball and scattered five hits and one walk with a season-high seven punchouts. The Alabama native consistently sat between 95-99 miles per hour with his fastball and fanned the side in the third before opening the fourth with a strikeout of Dayron Varona.
Durham (9-5) received a quality start from southpaw Ryan Yarbrough who benefited from the late rally, earning a no-decision. The lefty allowed one earned run on six hits over seven frames. Ryne Stanek (1-0) posted two shutout innings to secure the win.
Indy's Jason Rogers finished 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to a team-high seven games.
The Indians continue their homestand with game one of the three-game set Friday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-1, 3.27) will start for the Tribe, opposite RailRiders right-hander Chad Green (1-1, 3.00).
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