Durham 8, Syracuse 6
Posted June 29, 2001 6:39 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — The Syracuse SkyChiefs saw their five-game winning streak end Thursday night as the visiting Durham Bulls defeated Syracuse 8-6 at PNC Stadium.
Syracuse lost before the largest crowd in the stadium's five-year-old history.
Nearly 12,400 fans turned out in anticipation of seeing Deion Sanders - the sixth-largest crowd in Syracuse franchise history.
Sanders was expected to be in the lineup Thursday night, to play left field and bat leadoff, but he had personal commitments that kept him away. He is expected to be in Syracuse in time for Friday's game.
The SkyChiefs, still on a hot-streak - winning their last 15 out of 18 games - jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Shortstop Felipe Lopez hit a home run to right center field to lead off the bottom half of the first inning. It was Lopez' eighth homer of the season.
But Durham came right back and scored two runs in the second inning, then took the lead for good with a single run in the fourth inning.
Left fielder Bobby Smith led off the inning with a solo shot, his 12th of the year. Durham broke the game open in the eighth inning, scoring four runs.
As Smith hit his second home run of the game, and 13th of the year - a two-run shot - Syracuse scored twice, both in the eighth and ninth innings, but came up on a short end.
For Durham, now 38-41, Brian Rose raised his record to 2-0. Rose pitched six innings, striking out four and giving up five hits and two runs, both earned.
Brandon Lyon took the loss for Syracuse (40-39), falling to 2-3 for the season. Lyon pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out five while giving up five hits and three runs, all earned.