DURHAM, N.C. – A two-out, two-run double by Elmer Reyes broke a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the 10th inning and led the Gwinnett Braves to a 7-4 win over the Durham Bulls on Saturday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The G-Braves' 10th-inning rally came against Durham reliever Cory Burns. With two outs and the bases empty, Joey Terdoslavich reached on a single to center – his fourth hit of the game – and moved to second on a walk drawn by Brandon Boggs. Reyes followed with the clutch hit down the first base line and into the right-field corner. Both baserunners scored, and Reyes moved to third on the throw from the outfield. Jose Constanza made it 7-4 with a single to right scoring Reyes.
The Bulls (69-65) lost despite holding an early 4-0 lead. Durham scored all four of their runs against G-Braves' starter Aaron Northcraft in the third inning. Back-to-back walks of Nick Franklin and Cole Figueroa put two on with no outs, and Mikie Mahtook followed with a single to center scoring Franklin from second. Vince Belnome (10) then delivered a three-run home run to left to raise the lead to 4-0.
After the rough third inning, Northcraft settled down nicely. He and the G-Braves' bullpen kept the Bulls off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
The Gwinnett (60-74) comeback began in the top of the fifth when Reyes led off with a single to right off Durham starting pitcher Mike Montgomery. A walk to Joe Leonard moved Reyes to second, and a double play grounder by Ozzie Martinez pushed Reyes to third. During the next at-bat, Durham catcher Ali Solis attempted to pick Reyes off third, but his throw skipped off the glove of Figueroa. Reyes scored on the missed catch error, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
An inning later, Jose Yepez reached on an error by Durham shortstop Tim Beckham and Sean Kazmar drew a one-out walk. Terdoslavich (15) then crushed a Montgomery pitch deep over the left field wall for a three-run, game-tying home run. It was the sixth homer for Terdoslavich in his last seven games.
Stellar work by the Gwinnett bullpen sent the game into extra innings, setting the stage for Reyes' 10th-inning heroics.
Northcraft pitched 5.1 innings with eight hits, four earned runs, three walks and a season-high nine strikeouts. Ryan Buchter went 2.1 innings with one hit and three strikeouts. Carlos Fisher worked 0.1 of an inning with one strikeout. Chase Shreve (W, 2-1) pitched 1.1 innings with one walk and one strikeout. Juan Jamie (S, 18) went 0.2 of an inning with one strikeout.
Montgomery went 5.2 innings with four hits, four runs (two earned), four walks and three strikeouts for Durham. Brandon Gomes pitched 1.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Josh Lueke worked 2.0 innings with two hits and two strikeouts. Burns (L, 1-2) went 1.0 inning with three hits, three earned runs and one walk.
Terdoslavich paced the G-Braves with a season-best 4-for-5 night. He had three singles, a home run, two runs scored and a season-high three RBIs. Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.
For the Bulls, Belnome was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves and Durham Bulls meet for game three of the four-game series on Sunday night. Right-hander Kanekoa Texeira (3-4, 5.22) will start for Gwinnett, while the Bulls will counter with left-hander Enny Romero (5-11, 4.82). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.