Right-hander Luis Santos' most effective start so far and a five-run fourth inning carried the Buffalo Bisons to a 6-1 International League victory over the Durham Bulls Sunday evening in Durham, N.C.
In his third start with Buffalo, the 26-year-old Santos allowed only a first-inning run on a pair of hits then shut out the Bulls the next four innings. He retired 11 in a row after Patrick Leonard's two-out single in the first. Santos threw 65 pitches, 46 strikes in his longest stint yet with the Herd.
The Bisons were hitless against Durham starter Brent Honeywell for three innings, but he couldn't get out of the fourth, giving up five hits and a walk before Justin Marks took over with two outs. The Buffalo hits included a two-run double by Jason Leblebijian and a two-run single by Jake Elmore.
Streakers: The Bisons ended a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season. Buffalo is 14-8 and in first place in the International League North. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Bulls (16-7), who lead the IL South.
Sterling relief: After Santos departed in the sixth, four Buffalo relievers took care of the rest. John Stilson, Matt Dermody and Leonel Campos combined to shut out the Bulls on one hit with two walks and six strikeouts over the final four innings. In all, Herd pitchers fanned 10. Bison batters struck out 13 times.
No homer: The Bisons extended their homer-less streak to four games. They've hit only one in their last 13 games.
Breakout: After scoring only nine runs in their previous six games on their road trip to Norfolk and Durham, the Bisons' six runs on Sunday was an explosion. They did it with only nine hits but four walks helped.
Up next: The Bisons are off today and open a three-game series against Rochester at 6:05 on Tuesday. Jarrett Grube (2-1, 4.05 ERA) will get the start for the Herd against lefty David Hurlbut (1-2, 1.04), who has lost one start against the Bisons this season.