A near-cycle by Jason Botts, four Nick Evans hits and a quality start by Chris Schwinden helped the Bisons even the series with a game two 9-1win over the Bulls Tuesday night in Durham.
Buffalo jumped on Bulls starter Lance Cormier early, benefitting from a pair of Durham mistakes.
After Luis Figueroa reached on an error by Durham second baseman Felipe Lopez and a Michael Fisher single, Cormier balked in the game's first run. Buffalo took a second run when Valentino Pascucci hit into a double play with Fisher on second and Zach Lutz, who singled, on first.
Figueroa again reached on an error in the second, when Cormier's errant toss to first hit him in the back before the Buffalo shortstop reached second base. Cormier was also credited with a fielding error before the throw, but escaped the inning with a diving stop by first baseman Russ Canzler for a ground out by Fisher.
Nick Evans made it a 3-0 lead, driving in Botts after he lined a double off the "blue monster" wall in left field. After a 4-for-5 night, Evans has eight multi-hit games in his last 11. Jesus Feliciano drove in Evans with a single to give Schwinden a four-run cushion.
Schwinden cruised with three hitless innings before three singles and a sacrifice fly by Canzler cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth. He allowed just that run, three hits and a walk over six innings, striking out three.
Cormier left after four innings, his longest start as a Bull, allowing four runs (only one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Cormier's reliever, Ryan Reid, allowed an RBI triple to Botts and Evans' third single, scoring Botts in the fifth.
With a seventh-inning solo shot, Botts hit just a single shy of the cycle. Botts flew out to center field in a nine-pitch battle with Mike Eckstrom in his final plate appearance.
Lutz sealed the game with a two-run homer in the ninth, his second bomb of the series.
Game Notes: Fisher takes his hit streak to 15 games, the longest active stretch in the International League... Schwinden (4-3) took the win for the first time since May 16 after two losses and three no-decisions... Ryota pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings before John Lujan closed out the ninth.