DURHAM, NC – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) never knew a lead as the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) took their rubber match Wednesday afternoon, 4-3. The RailRiders (30-23) went 3-2 on their rain-shortened road trip while the Bulls (22-32) won a series for the first time since taking two of three from last-place Norfolk May 6-8. All three of those Norfolk games required extra innings. The Bulls had lost six straight series.
Jaff Decker’s two-out single scored Nick Franklin for a 1-0 Durham lead in the opening inning. Jonathan Diaz tied it with a bases-loaded walk in the second before a picket fence gave the Bulls the lead for good.
Johnny Field’s two-out single drove Jake Goebbert home for a 2-1 edge in the fifth. An inning later, Decker connected on a sac fly to plate Franklin for a 3-1 margin. J.P. Arencibia greeted reliever Mark Montgomery with a leadoff homer in the seventh to make it 4-1.
SWB made it interesting with four straight hits off closer Dylan Floro in the ninth, the last of which was a two-run Diaz single drilled of the glove of third baseman Juniel Querecuto. However, Floro rebounded by retiring Ben Gamel on a fly to left and Aaron Judge on a swinging strikeout to record his fourth save.
The RailRiders’ Chad Green (4-4) took the loss despite a sixth straight quality start. He had won each of his prior four nods. Durham starter Jaime Schultz (4-2) earned the win, overcoming a season-high five walks. Kyle Higashioka had a pair of hits.
The RailRiders return home for an eight-game homestand Thursday, June 2. It starts with the first of four against the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) at 6:35 p.m. The Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser features $1 Bud Lights and Pepsi products. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.