Zack Cozart’s eighth-inning RBI single was the biggest hit for the Louisville Bats on Thursday night as they held off the visiting Durham Bulls 2-0 in the opener of their four-game series.

Bulls pitcher Heath Phillips
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  • Bulls pitcher Heath Phillips

Chad Reineke (3-5) was the winning pitcher while Jon Adkins picked up his franchise-record 40th save for Louisville.

Heath Phillips (6-5) took the loss despite allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

Chris Burke led Louisville with two hits including a double, while Justin Ruggiano had two hits and Chris Richard a double for Durham.

Friday’s game
Bulls at Louisville, 7:05 p.m.

Richard De Los Santos (R, 5-3, 4.60) vs. Aroldis Chapman (L, 5-4, 4.22)