Rolling Bulls blank G-Braves

DURHAM, N.C. -- The IL South leading Durham Bulls won their season-high sixth straight game, beating Gwinnett 3-0 on Friday night.

The Bulls entered the game with the best record in professional baseball and continued their red-hot July.

Bulls starter Merrill Kelly (W, 4-0, 1.70) ran his scoreless inning streak to 14 straight, second most by a Bulls pitcher this season, with six against Gwinnett.

Kelly also struck out Atlanta rookie slugger Evan Gattis, who is with the G-Braves on injury rehab, twice, including once with the bases loaded. Gattis went hitless in four at-bats on the night.

Durham took the lead on an unearned run in the fourth when Leslie Anderson singled, moved to third on Ryan Roberts' double, and scored on a passed ball, one of two given up by Braves catcher Matt Pagnozzi on the night.

The Bulls added a run in the fifth when Cole Figueroa hit a home run just over the glove of right fielder Brandon Boggs and into the stands. It was Figueroa's third homer of the year and the first by a Bulls' leadoff hitter this season.

Figueroa led off the eighth with a double, his third hit of the night, and scored on Tim Beckham's double to complete the Bulls' scoring.