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Durham grabs opener

The Buffalo Bisons' road woes continued on Friday in a 6-5 loss to the Durham Bulls before 9,543 at Durham Athletic Park. The loss was the fourth in five starts during the current road trip.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour and 21 minutes by rain. Buffalo rallied in the ninth, loading the bases with no outs. Matt Den Dekker brought the Herd within a run with a two-run single. But the Durham defense stiffened as Valentino Pascucci grounded into a double play and Fred Lewis grounded out to end the game.

Buffalo led, 2-1, after five innings, but Durham took the lead for good by scoring three runs in the sixth.

The Bulls have won eight of their last 12 while the Bisons have lost 15 of 22. Durham struck for 13 hits and took advantage of its scoring chances, as it was six for 13 with runners in scoring position.

The game was the first meeting between the Bisons and the Bulls this season. In 2011, the Herd went 3-5 overall against Durham and 1-3 when playing at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The second game in the series is tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The scheduled starter for Buffalo is Collin McHugh (0-1, 7.20) against Jim Paduch (3-5, 4.78).