Chris Lee worked six strong innings and David Washington hit a three-run home run as Norfolk knocked off Durham 5-1 Thursday night.
Lee (3-3) surrendered one run on six hits over six innings of work to help the Tides to a win in the opener of the four-game set. Lee struck out three and walked two while throwing 66 of his 105 pitches for strikes as Norfolk won for the third time in four games to open up its road trip.
Washington staked the Tides to an early lead, as he belted a three-run home run in the first inning of off Jose De Leon (0-2). The home run was the 10th of the season for Washington, who also singled, walked and stole a base as he upped his average to .288.
Johnny Giavotella singled twice and added a sacrifice fly as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Logan Schafer added two doubles and Chance Sisco contributed two singles to help pace Norfolk's 11-hit attack.
Paul Fry, Lucas Luetge and Logan Verrett worked the final three innings out of the bullpen, with Verrett recording the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.
The two teams will continue their four-game set on Friday night at the DBAP, with first pitch set for 7:05.
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