Baseball

Clippers 7, Bulls 1

Jesus Aguilar cracked a two-run homer during the first inning and a two-run, bases-loaded single in the second to help the Columbus Clippers to a 7-1 Class AAA International League baseball victory Thursday over the Durham Bulls. The opener of the four-game series was halted after 51/2 innings because of rain.

Trailing 6-0, Durham (39-29) got on the board in the third inning when Eugenio Velez walked with two outs and scored on a Taylor Motter double.

Columbus struck again in the sixth when Michael Martinez led off with a home run.

Left-hander Michael Roth (6-2) pitched all five innings for the Clippers and allowed just one run on three hits. Right-hander Dylan Floro (7-5) lost for the first time since May 16 by surrendering six runs on nine hits over five innings.

The series will continue at 7:05 p.m. Friday whend the Bulls are scheduled to send left-hander Scott Diamond (7-2, 3.04 ERA) to the mound against left-hander Nick Maronde (0-7, 5.59).

Thursday’s box score

Columbus

ab

r

h

bi

Naquin, CF

3

2

1

0

Holt, RF

4

1

1

0

Aguilar, 1B

3

2

2

4

Chisenhall, 3B

2

0

1

2

Sands, DH

3

0

0

0

Ramsey, LF

3

0

2

0

Moore, C

3

0

1

0

Martinez, SS

3

2

2

1

Rohlinger, 2B

2

0

0

0

Totals

26

7

10

7

Durham

ab

r

h

bi

Brett, 2B

3

0

0

0

Velez, LF

2

1

0

0

Motter, RF

3

0

2

1

Mahtook, CF

2

0

0

0

Arencibia, 1B

2

0

0

0

Dykstra, DH

1

0

1

0

Reginatto, 3B

2

0

0

0

Maile, C

1

0

0

0

Lee, SS

2

0

0

0

Totals

Columbus

024

001

7

10

0

Durham

001

00X

1

3

0

DP–Columbus 0 Durham 1. LOB–Columbus 4 Durham 5. 2B–Chisenhall, Motter. HR—Aguilar (8), Martinez (4). SB–Velez (15).

ColumbusIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Roth (W, 6-2)

5

3

1

1

3

4

DurhamIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Floro (L, 7-5)

5

9

6

6

2

2

Winkler

1

1

1

1

0

0

T-1:49 (:49 delay). A-9,307.

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