MOOSIC, Pa. – The Buffalo Bisons rallied with a four-run eighth inning to earn a 6-3 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field Saturday night.
The win snaps a two-game losing skid for the Bisons, who are now 14-6 in their last 20 games.
The Herd took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. A.J. Jimenez walked and Ryan Schimpf and Andy LaRoche had back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs.
A sacrifice fly by Jonathan Diaz scored one run and a single by Ryan Goins scored another.
But then the RailRiders started to get to starter Aaron Sanchez.
John Ryan Murphy had a solo home run to cut the lead to 2-1, leading off the bottom of the fifth.
Zollo Alomonte homered in the sixth to tie the game, 2-2. Then with runners on second and third and one out, a wild pitch by Sanchez allowed the go-ahead run.
Sanchez gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 90 pitches in his six innings, 55 of them for strikes.
He took the no-decision in his fifth start as the Herd rallied with four runs in the eighth. The Bisons scored on RBI doubles from Erik Kratz, Andy LaRoche and Diaz and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Jimenez.
Kyle Drabek (6-6) pitched two innings for the Bisons, with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.
Bobby Korecky pitched the ninth, giving up one hit to pick up his 11th save of the season.
The Bisons will continue their road trip in Rochester, playing five games in four days. They kick it off with a doubleheader today at Frontier Field, making up a game postponed on April 5 due to inclement weather.
Deck McGuire (3-3, 4.96) is scheduled to start the first game (4:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with Raul Valdes (3-1, 3.49) getting the start in the nightcap.
Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment.
This is the third time this season Wilson has been designated for assignment. He began the season with Double-A New Hampshire, was designated by the Blue Jays on April 22 and claimed by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins designated him on May 11 and the Blue Jays reclaimed him.
In 21 games with the Bisons, Wilson drove in six runs, stole five bases and hit .239.