LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Drew Stubbs hit a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fifth as the Louisville Bats defeated the Durham Bulls 5-4 on Friday night.
Chris Richard gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer to right, his second in as many nights and 16th of the season. Four of them have come against the Bats.
Louisville came alive to score all of its runs in the fifth. Durham starter Wade Davis (8-6) issued a bases-loaded walk to Craig Tatum for the first run before Stubbs delivered his three-run triple. Chris Heisey scored Stubbs with a sacrifice fly to cap the rally.
The Bulls chased Bats starter Ramon Ramirez (5-6) in the sixth, and Ray Olmedo hit a two-run single off reliever Federico Baez to cut the Bats' lead to 5-4.
But Jeff Kennard entered in the seventh for Louisville and closed out the game to record his first Triple-A save. He went 22/3 innings and struck out four.
The teams are back in action tonight at 6:15 p.m. in the third game of the four-game series at Louisville Slugger Field.
The probable starters are lefty Ben Jukich (6-4, 4.90) for the Bats and lefty James Houser (4-4, 4.97) for the Bulls.