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Around the minors 4.28.10

DURHAM 9, BUFFALO 2: Durham got homers from Chris Richard, Angel Chavez and Rashad Eldridge. The Bulls had just three hits over the first five innings against Bisons starter Tobi Stoner, but two of them left the yard. Richard opened the scoring with a leadoff shot in the third, while Chavez hit one out to left field with two out in the fifth for the 2-0 lead. Eldridge hit his first homer of the season with one out in the sixth inning. Justin Ruggiano and Hank Blalock followed with back-to-back doubles to build a 4-0 lead and knock Stoner from the game. The Bisons cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth as Mike Hessman and Chris Carter produced RBI singles. The Herd then had two cracks with the tying runs on base, but Bulls reliever Mike Ekstrom got Russ Adams and Josh Thole to fly out to end the threat. Durham added two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth at the expense of Bobby Parnell and Travis Blackley. Jesus Feliciano and Jason Pridie extended their hitting streaks to seven games. Each has hit better than .400 during his stretch. Carter finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

BINGHAMTON 9, PORTLAND 3: After mustering 11 runs in its previous five games, Binghamton’s offense came alive. Zach Lutz produced a three-hit game, including a three-run homer, and Carlos Guzman ended an 0-for-13 slump with a three-hit game as well. Eddie Kunz benefited from the banner offensive showing, picking up his second win, with five-plus innings of work. Kirk Nieuwenhuis helped Binghamton (11-9) to an early lead when he singled leading off the first against Casey Kelly. With Jose Coronado at the plate, Nieuwenhuis stole second, his fourth stolen base of this season. Lucas Duda ultimately gave the B-Mets the lead with a run-scoring single, which raised his Eastern League-leading RBI total to 19. Luke Montz chased home another run in the inning on a bases-loaded sac fly. Lutz (3-for-3, three RBIs) got the third inning rolling with a one-out double off the right-field wall. The two-bagger marked the end of the night for Kelly, who tossed 2 1/3 innings. Right-hander Eammon Portice promptly allowed Lutz to reach third on a wild pitch. After striking out D.J. Wabick, Portice surrendered a two-out, RBI single to Montz to push the lead to three. Binghamton’s scoring onslaught continued in the fifth inning with a three-run outburst. Duda and Lutz led off the inning with singles. Montz later doubled to score Duda. Then, Guzman cleared the bases with a double down the first-base line. Kunz faced two over the minimum through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He walked Jason Place, hit Nate Spears and gave up a single to Ray Chang to load the bases. With the bases juiced, Kunz exited in favor of Jose De La Torre, who did not have his best stuff. De La Torre uncorked a wild pitch to score Place. He eventually issued a bases-loaded walk to Luis Exposito. The next hitter, Che-Hsuan Lin, lined a single to left-center to plate Chang. The Sea Dogs had cut the Binghamton lead in half and still had the bases loaded with no one out. However, Roy Merritt relieved De La Torre and put out the fire, retiring the next three men to strand the bases loaded and hold the score at 6-3. In the home half of the frame, the B-Mets got those three runs back on one swing of the bat. T.J. Large came on in the sixth in relief of Portice. Nieuwenhuis singled to open the inning. After Coronado sacrificed him to second, Large issued a walk to Duda, putting two on for Lutz. Binghamton’s third baseman launched a Large slider over the left-center wall for his league-leading sixth homer. Merritt retired all six men he faced, Clint Everts tossed a scoreless eighth and Edgar Ramirez worked around a Jose Iglesias leadoff double to hurl a scoreless ninth. Kunz was charged three runs in five-plus innings. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out one. Guzman, who was playing in just his second game since returning from the disabled list, was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Duda, Nieuwenhuis and Montz all managed two-hit performances.

CHARLOTTE 6, ST. LUCIE 3: Kyle Allen allowed six runs in three innings. Rhiner Cruz tossed four scoreless relief innings.

SAVANNAH 4, LEXINGTON 1: Armando Rodriguez silenced the Legends’ bats over 6 2/3 innings to lead first-place Savannah. Rodriguez finished with seven strikeouts and two walks in his longest 2010 outing. Rodriguez allowed one hit through the first five innings in a duel against the Legends’ Tanner Bushue. The Gnats broke through in the fifth when Cesar Puello manufactured a run with his speed. He bunted for a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jonathan Fixler. Alonzo Harris drove him Puello with a sacrifice fly. The Legends evened the score at 1 in the top of the sixth. Left fielder J.D. Martinez, who entered the game third in the South Atlantic League in batting average, drove a double to left-center to score second baseman Jose Altuve, who had singled. Savannah took the lead for good in the sixth. Shortstop Wilmer Flores, who was 3-for-4, crushed a triple off the base of the left-field wall. Jefry Marte’s line-drive single off the glove of Lexington third baseman Jonathan Meyer scored Flores. Savannah added two runs in the eighth with the help of a Lexington error and a wild pitch. The Savannah bullpen contributed 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Erik Turgeon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and then enjoyed an uneventful eighth before handing the ball to Michael Powers, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Compiled from team reports