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Bisons earn split with Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Buffalo Bisons haven't had much success at McCoy Stadium, but on Friday night they scored in the top of the ninth to pull out a 2-1 win over Pawtucket and notch their first win of the 2012 season. Buffalo had been 1-8 in its past nine starts at McCoy and had been outscored, 43-23.

This one was not decided until the ninth when Raul Reyes scored on a single by Omar Quintanilla.

Quintanilla's hit gave Buffalo their only lead of the contest. Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Herd got the game-tying run in the fifth inning when Zach Lutz singled home Vinny Rottino.

Earlier in the day, Reyes had joined the Herd from Double-A Binghamton. He took the roster spot of OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who will be promoted to Mets today.

Reyes, 25, played 18 games with the Bisons last season and hit .200 with two home runs and eight RBIs. The outfielder spent the rest of 2011 with Double-A Binghamton.

Reyes was initially signed by the Mets as a free agent in 2004.

The game marked the Triple-A debut of righthander Jeurys Familia, a 22-year old ranked as the Mets' No. 4 prospect by Baseball America. He was not involved in the decision after he gave up five hits in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and three walks. Last season, Familia struck out 132 batters Binghamton and Single-A St. Lucie.

The win went to Dylan Owen (1-0) who pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Fernando Cabrera pitched the ninth inning for the save. It was Cabrera's first appearance with the team since pitching in 78 games for Buffalo, 2004-2006.

The Herd open a three-game series with Rochester today at Frontier Field (4:15 p.m. Radio 1520 AM). The Bisons will send Chris Schwinden to the mound against Daryl Thompson. Buffalo's home opener is Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.