ROCHESTER -- The Buffalo Bisons were swinging for the fences Sunday and reaching them. Three home runs, including back-to-back shots in the fourth inning, propelled them to a 5-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field.
Valentino Pascucci, the Bisons' 2011 MVP, had a solo home run in the eighth inning to put Buffalo up for good, paving the way for its third win in a row.
Pascucci had 21 home runs a season ago. He's got two this season after homering on Opening Day at Pawtucket.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Pascucci crushed a 2-2 pitch from reliever Casey Fein to center field. It was Pascucci's 40th home run with the Bisons. He becomes the 12th player to reach that milestone in the team's modern era.
Buffalo also used the long ball to get an early lead. Trailing 1-0, Adam Loewen and Matt Tuiasosopo hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning for a 3-1 advantage.
After allowing only one
baserunner through the first two innings, Bisons pitcher Jeremy Hefner (1-0) gave up a solo home run to Rene Rivera and also gave up a single to Michael Hollimon, but escaped the third inning with only one run allowed.
Rochester tied it with two runs in sixth inning, but that was the only threat against Hefner (1-0). In his Herd debut, Hefner worked seven innings and struck out four.
Daniel Herrera struck out a pair over the final two innings to pick up the save.
The victory guaranteed Buffalo at least a split of their four-game set in Rochester. The series resumes tonight (7 p.m., TWC13, Radio 1520) as Samuel Deduno and Herd lefty Garrett Olson are scheduled starters.