DURHAM, N.C. -- Pitcher Sean Smith enjoyed his longest outing of the year Thursday night as the Buffalo Bisons opened the second half of the season with a 3-1 win over the Durham Bulls.
Smith (8-5) went seven innings, scattering six hits with one walk before a Durham Athletic Park crowd of 7,723. Edward Mujica, who was optioned by the parent Cleveland Indians to Buffalo on Wednesday, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his team-leading 12th save. His last appearance was July 5 in Detroit.
The game was the first of an eight-game road trip for the North Division-leading Herd (50-38).
Trailing, 2-1, for most of the game, Durham threatened twice bringing the tying run to the plate in the fifth and seventh innings.
In the fifth, Jorge Velandia had a one-out double followed by a Jeremy Owens walk. Michel Hernandez then grounded into an inning-ending double play.
With two outs in the seventh, Jorge Velandia doubled off the glove of Bisons right fielder Brad Snyder, who went a long way trying to make the catch. Jeremy Owens then popped out to second baseman Luis Rivas for the third out.
Buffalo went 18 straight trips to the plate without a hit before scoring an insurance run in the eighth. Mike Rose singled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second by Snyder. Jonathan Van Every singled on a soft fly ball to center field to score Rose, making it 3-1.
Buffalo scored single runs in the first and second innings. In the first, Hector Luma doubled, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a fielder's choice. In the second, Keith Ginter hit a solo home run.
The series continues tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1230, 1330 AM) with Buffalo's Aaron Laffey (7-3, 3.13) going for his eighth win in a row.