The Durham Bulls clinched the International League South Division title Monday night with a 4-2 win against the Gwinnett Braves at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, marking their second straight division title.
The IL South crown is the seventh in eight seasons for Durham since Charlie Montoyo took over as manager, and the 12th time in the Bulls’ 17 seasons in the league.
The Bulls (71-65) jumped to an early lead, scoring two runs in the third inning. Mike Fontenot drove in the first run on a grounder, and Cole Figueroa followed with an RBI single. Both Fontenot and Figueroa were 3-for-4 on the night.
Gwinnett closed within a run in the fourth on Sean Kazmar’s RBI double, and the Braves (60-76) pulled even in the sixth on Ali Solis’ passed ball.
The Bulls responded in the bottom of the inning. Fontenot doubled to lead off and Figueroa singled him to third. Fontenot scored on a double-play grounder.
The bullpen wrapped up the crown. Steve Geltz (3-3) retired seven straight batters to earn the win, and Josh Lueke pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save.
The Bulls and Braves will start a two-game series at Gwinnett beginning Tuesday. Nathan Karns (9-7, 4.56 ERA) is scheduled to start for Durham against Zach Stewart (6-4, 4.94).