Columbus, OH --- Matt Torra pitched 6 2/3 innings en route to his seventh straight victory, leading the Durham Bulls by the Columbus Clippers 6-3 at Huntington Park on Tuesday night.
Torra (W, 11-6) moved into third place in the International League in wins by retiring 19 of the final 20 batters he faced. At one point, Torra retired 14 straight Clippers (64-60).
The Bulls (58-67) overcame an early one-run deficit by scoring twice in the second for a lead they would not relinquish. Leslie Anderson, who had three hits to overtake the I.L. batting lead (.314), singled followed by a ground single to right field by Stephen Vogt. One out later, Brooks Conrad chopped a double over Lars Anderson at first base to tie the game 1-1. Reid Brignac's groundball scored Vogt for a 2-1 lead.
Henry Wrigley crushed his organizational-leading 19th homer with two outs in the third to bump the lead to 3-1. Brignac tripled home a fourth inning run against Jeanmar Gomez (L, 6-3) as the Bulls moved out 4-1.
Torra's run through the Clippers offense started with the final two outs of the first inning, and continued until a solo homer leading off the sixth by Gregorio Petit. Torra set down the last five before Brandon Gomes relieved him with two outs in the seventh.
Durham tacked on two runs in the eighth to put the game away thanks to an RBI-triple by Vogt and single to right by Conrad, pushing the Bulls lead to 6-2.
The Clippers scored one in the ninth against Dane DeLaRosa, who fanned Anderson to put the game away.
Torra, who has reached double-figure wins for the third time in his career, has not lost a decision since May 31st at Indianapolis.
The Bulls road trip, now 1-4 through five games, continues Wednesday night with Cesar Ramos (4-4) starting against David Huff at 7:05 PM ET.
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