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Bisons win fourth in row

ROCHESTER -- Fernando Martinez and Nick Evans homered and Rochester errors paved the way for the Buffalo Bisons to stretch their winning streak to four games with an 9-6 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night before 7,839 at Frontier Field.

The Bisons matched their longest winning streak of the season, which they accomplished two previous times.

Buffalo, which pounded out 14 hits, five for extra bases, took a five-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but needed closer Dale Thayer to get the final out.

Martinez homered in the second inning after Valentino Pascucci had led off with his 26th double. Rochester scored three times in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.

The Bisons tied it in the third when Mike Baxter tripled and came home on Joshua Satin's single and took the lead in the fourth when Evans hit his eighth homer with the bases empty.

Jeff Bailey led off the Rochester sixth with his 10th homer to tie the game at 4-4, but the Bisons struck in the top of the seventh. Luis Hernandez led off with a single. When Rochester catcher Rene Rivera threw wildly on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice attempt, Hernandez came all the way around to score and Tejada reached third. Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly by Raul Chavez. The Bisons weren't through yet, however.

Baxter tripled again with two out and came in on Satin's second RBI single. An error and a wild pitch helped the Herd to two more runs in the eighth.

Bisons starter Chris Schwinden (7-5) went six innings before giving way to the bullpen. Rochester's Mike Hollimon homered in the ninth to cut the final margin to three runs.

The teams will complete their two-game series today (Radio 1520 AM, 12:05 p.m.). The Bisons will be off Wednesday before heading to Pawtucket for Thursday night's opener of a four-game series.