The rally didn't have enough juice.
The Buffalo Bisons scored three runs in the late innings to tie the game, but it was the Indianapolis Indians who came through with the 8-6 win in front of 4,847 at Coca-Cola Field on Monday night.
With a pair of errors in the ninth, the Indians scored two unearned runs to take the win.
Starling Marte led off the inning, reaching second on an error by shortstop Oswaldo Navarro. Alex Presley then reached on a sacrifice bunt after a throwing error by catcher Lucas May. Both scored on a base hit by Jordy Mercer to give the Indians the 8-6 lead.
The Herd got a baserunner on in the botton of the ninth when Josh Satin walked, but Valentino Pascucci hit into a double play to end the game.
"We had some let downs in the ninth and we've got to make a couple of those plays," Bison manager Wally Backman said. "They're routine plays that need to be made and we just didn't make them. It's tough to lose a game the way we lost. The last three games we've made nine errors which is not normal for us. We've got to get better.
"There are some things we've got to straighten out in our clubhouse as well. We've already had a bit of a meeting [Monday], talked some things over and hopefully the players can take care of what needs to be taken care of."
It was a disappointing end for the Herd that had rallied back from two deficits. The Indians had taken a 2-0 lead in the second, but the Herd scored in the third. Omar Quintanilla led off with a homer to right field to cut the lead to 2-1. With one out, Corey Wimberly doubled then motored when Fred Lewis cracked a single that dropped just inside the left-field line. Wimberly scored to tie the game, 2-2. A double by Pascucci scored Lewis for a 3-2 lead.
The Indians regained the lead with a three-run homer by Presley and extended its lead to 6-3 on an RBI triple by Marte.
In the seventh, the Herd began to rally.
Wimberly and Lewis had back to back singles then capitalized on a pair of passed balls by Indians catcher Jose Morales. They each moved up on the first one, then Wimberly scored on the second to cut the lead to 6-4. Lewis scored on a sacrifice to center by Pascucci to make it 6-5.
"As a team we have a really strong lineup and that makes us feel as if we're never out of the game," Wimberly said. "I was just trying my best to get on base in that situation. It just happened to start a rally. When I'm on the bases, I'm always thinking the next base and it's just being ready to run at all times in any situation that presents itself."
In the eighth, Dustin Martin led off with a walk. After Lucas May struck out, Navarro came up to pinch hit and belted an RBI double to tie the game, 6-6.
Vinny Rottino, after his three home run performance on Saturday night, earned a call-up to the New York Mets on Monday. The Mets returned pitcher Chris Schwinden to the Herd and he is expected to start today's game (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) against Indianpolis.
In other transaction news, pitcher Jeff Stevens was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. Infielder Michael Fisher was promoted from Binghamton.
The series concludes today (1:05 p.m.) with Schwinden scheduled to start against lefty Jo-Jo Reyes (5-1, 2.09 ERA). Wednesday is an International League off day. The Herd will continue to play at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town. However, the Bisons will be the road team on the scoreboard and bat first. Scranton is playing all of its games on the road this season as its stadium is being renovated.
Indianapolis 8, Bisons 6
The Pitch: Bisons tie the game in the eighth on an RBI double by Navarro. Wimberly and Lewis score two runs each. Indians score two unearned runs in the ninth for the win.
Fast fact: The Bisons have not won a four-games series against Indianapolis since 2004.
Next game: Today vs. Indianapolis, 1:05 p.m. (TWOsdays)