SYRACUSE — If the Buffalo Bisons played all their games at NBT Stadium, they might be bound for the International League playoffs.
The Bisons ran their season’s record to 7-0 here Sunday night, hanging on for a 5-4 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs before a crowd of 7,697.
Overall, Buffalo is 11-5 against the Chiefs this season heading into today’s season finale (2 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Despite their third-place finish, the Bisons have a 43-36 record against the I.L. North, the best record within the division.
Sunday’s win assured the Herd (73-70) of finishing with a winning record.
Bisons starter Ricky Romero (5-8) pitched five innings for the win, before turning a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen. The Chiefs scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to draw within one and were threatening to score more until Eury Perez lined into a game-ending double play against closer Jeremy Jeffress, who picked up his seventh save in seven opportunities.
The Bisons never trailed in the game, taking leads of 2-0 and 4-2, then 5-2.
Three of the Buffalo runs came home on sacrifice flies, including both tallies in the fifth inning. Jim Negrych scored what turned out to be the winning run in the seventh on a throwing error by Syracuse third baseman Zach Walters.
The Bisons had 10 hits, three by leadoff man Mike McCoy, who scored twice, and two by Negrych, who also scored a pair. Luis Jimenez had two hits, driving in a pair of runs, one on a single, the other on a sacrifice fly.
There were no home runs in the game, leaving Mauro Gomez of the Bisons and Walters of the Chiefs still tied for the I.L. lead at 29, one more than Ernest Mejia of Gwinnett.
Thad Weber (7-5, 2.71) is scheduled to start today as the Herd goes for a Syracuse season sweep against lefty Danny Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.81).