DURHAM, N.C. — The Buffalo Bisons will happily leave Durham in their rear view mirror.
After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Durham Bulls pulled away with four runs in the third inning to pin a 7-2 loss on the Herd, sweeping the four-game series.
The Bisons are now just 2-18 at Durham since the 2009 season. Durham picked up home sweeps against the Bisons in 2010 and last season. Winless in their last 10 games on the road against the Bulls, the Bisons have not won in Durham since a 9-1 victory on June 21, 2011.
Right-hander Josh Johnson made his second Major League Baseball rehab start and was rocked for six runs on eight hits in just 4∏ innings. The two-time National League All-Star tossed four shutout innings on May 25 against Indianapolis. In that outing, Johnson allowed just an infield single and a walk while striking out three.
He began his rehab stint with a three-inning outing for Single-A Dunedin on May 20.
The Herd got off to a good start when Moises Sierra tripled to center with one out then scored on a sacrifice fly by Luis Jimenez. Mauro Gomez followed with his 11th home run of the season at the Bisons led, 2-0.
The Herd led 2-1 in the fourth when Durham’s Tim Beckham hit a two-run double to center. After Mike Fontenot was hit by a pitch, Cole Figueroa doubled on a line drive to right, plating two runs for a 5-2 Bulls lead.
Durham’s J.D. Martin earned the win after going six innings and allowing the two runs in the first inning while striking out four.
Wilson native and former University at Buffalo pitcher Steve Geltz retired all nine men he faced, striking out three, to get his second save of the season for Durham. Geltz was the winning pitcher in Monday’s series opener and is 3-0 this year with a 2.87 ERA.
The Bisons begin a four-game series in Norfolk tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520).