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DURHAM, N.C. – Russ Canzler and Zoilo Almonte each homered, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ defense committed a season-worst four errors as Durham topped the RailRiders Sunday night 6-4.

The loss marked the third straight for the RailRiders and moved SWB to 0-2 on the current eight-game road trip.

SWB got its first run in the form of the long ball as Canzler gave the RailRiders the early lead on a second-inning shot to left-center. Canzler’s first jack of the season gave the RailRiders their first lead of the series 1-0.

The lead was short-lived as Durham added a run of its own in the home half of the frame. Jerry Sands continued his hot start to the season with a home run that cleared the left field wall.

The RailRiders responded with two more in the third. Ramon Flores reached on a lead-off walk and came around to score on a Zoilo Almonte’s team-leading fifth home run for a 3-1 score.

The lead stood at two until the fifth frame when the Bulls’ attack broke through against starter Brian Gordon. All nine batters came to the plate in the frame, adding three runs on five base hits. Eddy Rodriguez began the offensive with a single and came around to score on a base hit by Vince Belnome. Wilson Betemit’s single and Sands’ sacrifice fly rounded out the scoring while chasing Gordon.

SWB scored one more run after Antoan Richardson was hit by a pitch with two outs in the seventh. The speedster blitzed home all the way from first when Flores followed with a double off the left field wall for a 4-4 draw.

ROSTER MOVES: Over the last two days, multiple moves have transpired on the transaction wire for SWB.

The New York Yankees signed right-hander Chris Leroux to a major league contract and selected him to the team’s 25-man roster. The big club also optioned right-hander Shane Greene to SWB and unconditionally released a 2013 RailRider, southpaw Nik Turley.

Another move saw SWB’s Opening Day hurler Bruce Billings hit the 15-day DL (right forearm strain) retroactive to April 26.


Durham 6, RailRiders 4


Ramon Flores rf`3`1`2`1`1`0`0

Scott Sizemore 1b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Dean Anna ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Zoilo Almonte lf`4`1`1`2`0`0`1

Adonis Garcia 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Corban Joseph 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Russ Canzler dh`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Austin Romine c`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

An Richardson cf`1`1`0`0`0`0`0



Hak-Ju Lee ss`3`1`0`0`0`0`0

Justin Christian cf`5`1`2`0`1`0`0

Vince Belnome 1b`4`1`1`1`0`0`0

Wilson Betemit dh`5`1`2`1`1`0`0

Jerry Sands rf`4`1`2`3`0`0`1

Cole Figueroa 3b`4`0`2`0`0`0`0

Mike Fontenot 2b`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Ray Olmedo lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Eddy Rodriguez c`4`1`1`0`0`0`0




E: Richardson (2), Anna (1), Romine (1), Flores (1), Kelly (1). DP: Durham 1. LOB: RailRiders 4, Durham 12. SB: Figueroa (1), Fontenot (3). SF: Sands, Fontenot.


Brian Gordon `4.2 `8`4`4`1`7

Cesar Cabral `1.1 `1`0`0`1`4

Jim Miller (L, 0-1)`1.0 `1`1`1`1`1

Montgmry `1.0 `1`1`1`2`0


Merrill Kelly `6.0`3`3`3`1`5

Steve Geltz (H, 4)`0.2`0`1`1`1`0

Riefnhser (BS, 1)(W, 1-0)`1.1`1`0`0`0`1

Kirby Yates (S, 8)`1.0`0`0`0`0`2

WP: Cabral.

HBP: Anna (by Kelly), Richardson (by Kelly), Richardson (by Geltz).

Umpires: HP: Joey Amaral. 1B: David Soucy. 3B: Carlos Torres.

T: 2:59. Att: 8,340.

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