DURHAM, N.C. — Durham Bulls Athletic Park is still a house of horrors for the Buffalo Bisons. Wil Myers made sure of that Tuesday night.
Myers, the Tampa Bay Rays’ prize trade acquisition from the Kansas City Royals, single-handedly erased a late four-run Buffalo lead. His second home run of the game wiped out an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the ninth.
Then, Tim Beckham singled home pinch runner Jason Bourgeois with the winning run to give the Bulls a 9-8 victory in a game they once trailed, 8-4.
The Herd was attempting to snap a losing streak in the Bulls’ ballpark that has now reached eight games and dates to 2011.
For a while, it seemed Buffalo would get its first win in Durham since a 9-1 triumph on June 21, 2011, and only its third in the last 18 tries.
But Myers hit a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-6, then followed a leadoff single by Vince Belnome with his ninth of the season in the ninth off reliever Buddy Carlyle. After the homer, Carlyle gave up a single to Shelley Duncan, his third hit of the game. Bobby Korecky came in to pitch to Beckham. Bourgeois stole second during Beckham’s at-bat, then scored easily on his line single to left.
Justin Germano, making his ninth start of the season for the Bisons, pitched seven innings. He allowed 11 hits but left with an 8-6 lead.
Carlyle came on in the eighth and escaped a no-out jam with two runners on when Rich Thompson bunted into a double play and Brandon Guyer was called out on strikes. Two walks started the inning.
Durham had taken a 3-0 lead in the first, getting to Germano for four hits. The Bisons began to chip away, though, and tied it when Moises Sierra homered with Mike McCoy on base in the third inning. It was his fifth of the season. Ryan Langerhans hit his ninth home run to lead off the seventh and make it 8-4.
Right-hander Claudio Vargas (3-4, 5.29) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo against Alex Colome (4-5, 2.60) in today’s game (7:05 p.m., 1520 AM).