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Ruggiano's blast gives Bulls win at Lehigh Valley

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Justin Ruggiano’s three-run homer in the ninth provided the difference as the Durham Bulls got their road trip off on the right foot with a 5-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Bulls outfielder Justin Ruggiano
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  • Bulls outfielder Justin Ruggiano
Jose Lobaton also homered during the Bulls’ ninth, helping R.J. Swindle (1-2) pick up the win and set up Winston Abreu’s 14th save.

Scott Mathieson (3-4) took the loss.

Elliot Johnson had three hits including a double for the Bulls, while Lobaton added two hits.

Dominic Brown led Lehigh Valley with a triple and a single for two RBI.

Game 2 of the four-game set is Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s game
Bulls at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.

Brian Baker (R, 7-1, 2.48) vs. Brandon Duckworth (R, 5-3, 3.53)

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