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Big bats carry Bisons, 9-1

Jason Botts came one single shy of hitting for the cycle and Nick Evans went 4 for 5 in the Buffalo Bisons' 9-1 victory over the Durham Bulls on Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Botts doubled in the third, tripled in the fifth and homered in the seventh. He flied out to center in his last at-bat. He's been with the Bisons since May after starting the season with the York (Pa.) Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.

Buffalo scored two runs each in the first, third, fifth and ninth innings with a single run in the seventh. Zach Lutz had a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Herd pounded out 13 hits against three Bulls pitchers.

Evans had four singles and drove in two runs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Bisons chased Durham starter Lance Cormier (0-1) after four innings. He gave up four runs, only one earned as his defense committed four errors behind him. It was only his third appearance of the season, and his first start, after being send down from Tampa Bay on June 12. He threw 13 innings for Tampa Bay this season.

Bison starter Chris Schwinden (4-3) went six innings scattering four hits, all singles, with one walk and three strikeouts. The only run he allowed was on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

It was his 13th start of the season. He did not factor into the decision in his last outing on June 16 against Norfolk after allowing three runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Designated hitter Michael Fisher singled in the first and ninth innings to hit safely in his 15th straight game. He owns the longest active hitting streak in the IL with a .312 (19-61) batting average.

Fisher has had four doubles, five RBIs and 11 runs scored during the stretch. Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has the longest hitting streak for a Bison this season at 16.

The third game in the four-game series will be played today (1:05 p.m.) as part of an afternoon businessman's special. Bisons left-hander Mark Cohoon (1-3, 9.00) is the scheduled starter against righty Dirk Hayhurst (3-1, 3.32).

The Bisons lost the series opener on Monday night, 2-1. Despite the loss, Durham holds a two-game lead in the South Division at 39-32.

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