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Betemit, Karns lead Bulls to series split with Toledo

Posted July 28

— The Durham Bulls defeated the Toledo Mud Hens 5-2 at the DBAP Monday night, earning a split of the four-game set.

After dropping the first two games of the series, the Bulls won a wild 11-10 victory on Sunday, and followed with Monday’s win which brought the team’s record to 3-4 over the homestand.

Justin Christian led off the game with a double for the Bulls, and later scored on Wilson Betemit’s single. Christian was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in the game, and is now 6-for-9 with four runs and three extra-base hits in the last two games.

Catcher Ali Solis added a two-run home run to left-center in the second inning to give the Bulls (58-50) a three-run lead. Mikie Mahtook had an RBI single in the seventh, giving Durham a 4-0 lead before the Mud Hens (54-57) plated a pair in the top of the eighth. Betemit’s 16th home run, a solo dinger in the eighth, capped the Bulls’ scoring.

Right-hander Nathan Karns (8-5) picked up his fourth victory over his last five starts, allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings. He retired 15-of-16 batters from the second through the seventh inning, erasing the only baserunner—a walk—with a double play grounder on the very next batter. Brandon Gomes, Adam Liberatore and Josh Lueke combined for two innings of scoreless relief to preserve the win, while Duane Below (8-5) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) over six frames.

The Bulls travel to divisional rival Charlotte for a 7:05p.m. start on Tuesday to kick off a four-game set and eight-game road trip. RHP Merrill Kelly (6-2, 3.00) returns to the starting rotation for the Bulls, facing RHP Chris Beck (0-1, 9.64) for the Knights.

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CAR 17
CLE 13
 
7:00pm Tonight
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TOR 33
NYK 25
 
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MAINE 69
 
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ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 55
 
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
 
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
 
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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ALAST 63
 
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HART 73
FIU 64
 
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VALPO 65
GOSHEN 46
 
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LIP 35
PEAY 27
 
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BRY 26
 
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MONT 37
SD 33
 
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MTST 36
TENST 23
 
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SAMF 24
LAMON 23
 
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SCAR 23
COKR 18
 
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NARZ 4
 
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BC 0
USC 2
 
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SHU
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NDST
 
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ATL 30
 
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BAL 7
 
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CLE 13
 
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CHI 14
DET 20
 
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TAM 3
GBP 20
 
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PIT 20
KAN 12
 
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MIN 35
 
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