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BISONS BREAK OUT OF SLUMP, BATTER PAWSOX

The Buffalo Bisons broke out of their offensive slump in a big way Saturday afternoon.

After batting just .201 as a team through their first nine games, the Herd broke out for 12 hits in a 10-3 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 6,213 fans in McCoy Stadium. The 10 runs marked a season-high for the Herd, which ended a two-game losing skid.

Brandon Phillips led the attack, going 3 for 5 including a solo home run in the sixth inning. Ryan Garko added two hits and two runs scored.

"Today guys put together better quality at-bats," Herd manager Marty Brown said. "Even when they were getting two strikes they were battling and thinking about what they're trying to do instead of flailing at the ball and trying to go get everything.

"It's good to see. We needed a game like this. We had been pitched backwards quite a bit over our first two series. (Pitchers) get into hitters' counts and threw a lot of off-speed stuff. I think our guys are making adjustments as we go."

The Herd opened an 8-3 lead by scoring six runs in the fourth inning.

Andy Abad doubled down the right field line to send home one run while Jake Thrower and John Rodriguez each had a pair of RBIs -- Thrower on a single to left and Rodriguez on a double to right. Jeff Liefer's RBI double to left rounded out the inning's scoring.

Jeremy Guthrie (1-1) picked up his first win of the season. Guthrie gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits in five innings of work. He also walked five, struck out five, balked and hit a batter.

"He didn't have the best command of his fastball today and he had to learn to pitch with his other pitches," Brown said.

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