DURHAM, NC -The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (71-61) dropped a tough contest to the Durham Bulls on Friday night by an 8-6 walk-off final. The RailRiders held for different leads, including a 6-5 advantage thanks to an Armando Alvarez ninth inning homer.
SWB took advantage of a pair of walks in the first inning. Josh Breaux and Rob Brantly plated solo runs with RBI singles. Durham battled back, scoring solo runs in the next three frames thanks to a pair of homers and a single to take a 3-2 lead in the third.
The RailRiders’ offense was held at bay until the sixth. Blake Perkins and Ryan LaMarre swatted back-to-back solo homers to regain the lead at 4-3.
Durham would equalize the game with a single in the sixth. The two teams would trade runs in the seventh. Tyler Wade scored on a Perkins single in the top of the frame. After the Bulls once more tied it, Wade made a crucial play up the middle with the bases loaded to get out of the inning, nabbing the runner at first base.
Tied at five heading into the ninth, Alvarez left the yard with a deep drive to left field, putting the RailRiders ahead 6-5. The no-doubt shot was his second homer of the series. He’s 6-for-16 in the series with three runs batted in, homering in back-to-back games.
The advantage would not hold. An RBI double from Tristan Gray would tie the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Joe Hudson followed with his second home run of the night for an 8-6 final. In Durham’s two wins in the first four games of the series, they have walked off both times.
The win goes to Dusten Knight (4-4), despite allowing the Alvarez homer. Tyler Duffey (1-1) suffers the loss for SWB. The RailRiders fall back to three and a half games back of first place with the loss.
The back-and-forth series continues on Saturday night as the RailRiders send Zach Greene to the mound at 6:35 PM. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:15 PM on the RailRiders Baseball Network and swbrailriders.com.
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