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Knights knock off Bulls with 6-5 comeback

Posted August 16, 2014

— The Durham Bulls fell to the Charlotte Knights 6-5 Saturday night at the DBAP in front of 10,208 fans, squandering a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning.

Leading 5-3 entering the game’s final frame, Miguel Gonzalez made it a one-run game with an RBI double. After a groundout, Jared Mitchell launched a two-run homer into the right field bleachers, propelling the Knights (57-72) in front by a run. In the bottom of the frame the Bulls loaded the bases with just one out, but a pair of strikeouts notched the victory for Charlotte.

After falling behind 3-0 through the first six and a half innings, Durham (66-62) came back in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead. With the bases loaded and one away, Mayo Acosta delivered a run-scoring single, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Nick Franklin then made it a one-run game on an RBI groundout, before Hak-Ju Lee scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. After a walk to Cole Figueroa loaded the bases, Mikie Mahtook ripped a 2-0 fastball into left field, plating Acosta as the Bulls took their first lead of the game.

In the bottom of the eighth Durham tacked on an insurance run, as Jeremy Moore cracked a solo homer to center field for a 5-3 Bulls advantage.

Left-hander Donnie Veal (4-5) earned the win, despite allowing a run on three hits in 1 2/3 frames while blowing a save. Taylor Thompson did pick up his seventh save of the season, working around two walks and a hit in the game’s final inning. Josh Lueke (0-1) suffered the loss, blowing his third save of the season by allowing three runs in the ninth.

The three-game series and season series concludes Sunday when the Bulls send LHP Mike Montgomery (9-5, 4.19) to the hill opposite RHP Matt Zaleski (2-0, 2.92) for the Knights. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

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