If there's one thing Lucas May has learned in the last few years, it's that patience pays off.
The 27-year-old catcher relaxed at the plate. The result was a three-run home run in the fourth inning to pace the Buffalo Bisons to a 7-3 win over Rochester in front of about 400 at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night.
It was the second solid outing for May, who went 2 for 3 with a walk. In the Herd's last game, a win at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, he went 2 for 4 with three runs scored, a home run and a pair of RBIs.
"It's a little bit getting into a groove, but I'm just trying to stay more relaxed," May said. "I've been playing for a few years now and I've realized that when you press, when you really want things to happen, they don't. So just relax.
"When you talk about personal stats, you don't get those unless your team is playing well, unless guys are getting on base and everybody just feeds off each other."
The members of the Herd have been picking each other up the last few games. Returning to Coca-Cola Field after a successful road trip, the Bisons have won five of their last seven games. And breakout performances from players like May have been a big reason why.
"I think we saw it in spring training that [May is] capable," Bisons manager Wally Backman said. "He's an offensive-type of catcher. Not to take anything away from his catching abilities, because he does a pretty solid job behind the plate as well, but he's an offensive catcher. We knew he would get going at some point in time. It's nice to see him have a couple of back-to-back good games."
Rochester took a 1-0 lead as starter Jeurys Familia struggled, giving up seven walks in three innings.
The Herd took the lead in the third on a two-run double by Valentino Pascucci. May's three-run shot in the fourth gave Buffalo a 6-2 lead. Omar Quintanilla added a solo shot in the eighth.
Center fielder Andres Torres went 0 for 4 in the leadoff spot for the Bisons as he joined the club today on a Major League rehabilitation assignment. Torres drew a walk in the first and stole second, but struck out twice and flew out to deep center and right fields.
Torres, who was acquired by the Mets in the offseason from the San Francisco Giants, strained his left calf in his first game of the season and went on the disabled list April 6.
"I think what we're looking for is to make sure his leg is healthy," Backman said. "He walked in the first inning, stole a base, I think that's what the major league club is concerned about and he showed it down in St. Lucie he can run. He's shown he's healthy. I don't expect him to be here past [today]."
The Bisons activated infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis, who were were signed by the Mets on Wednesday to minor league contracts. Neither played in Friday's game. Catcher Rob Johnson was placed on the Herd's disabled list, retroactive to April 25. Johnson has a left knee sprain. The announced paid attendance was 5,047. The homestand continues today (1:05 p.m, Radio 1520 AM) with righty Jeremy Hefner (2-1, 1.96 ERA) scheduled to start for the Herd against righty P.J. Walters (2-1, 3.38 ERA).
The pitch: May has a three-run homer ... . Quintanilla adds a solo homer to go deep in back-to-back games. ... Pascucci extends his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single.
Fast fact: It was the eighth multi-home run game for the Bisons this season.
Next game: Today vs. Rochester (1:05 p.m)