ROCHESTER – Erik Kratz hit a two-out home run in the top of the ninth and Bobby Korecky picked up his 12th save in 13 opportunities Monday night as the Buffalo Bisons came from behind for a 7-6 victory over the Rochester Red Wings before 3,818 at Frontier Field.
Kratz, who had three RBIs in the game, drove a Mike Tonkin pitch over the fence in left for his third homer of the season to give the Bisons the win in the third game of a five-game series here.
All seven of the Buffalo runs in the game came after two were out. The Herd scored three times in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead and rallied for three in the seventh after Rochester had taken a 6-3 lead with a five-run third inning. All the runs in that Wings rally also came after two were out.
Korecky set down the top of the Red Wings batting order 1-2-3 in the ninth, getting two strikeouts. That capped a strong performance by the Buffalo bullpen. Austin Bibens-Dirx, Rob Rasmussen and Korecky allowed only one hit and no walks to the Wings after the third inning. Rasmussen (1-1) picked up the win.
Bisons starter P.J. Walters gave up a leadoff double to James Beresford to start the Rochester third then retired the next two batters. Not so fast, though. A hit batsmen and a walk filled the bases, and Walters wasn’t able to pitch out of it until the Red Wings had put together four consecutive hits for their five runs.
Likewise, Rochester starter Sean Gilmartin couldn’t get out of the seventh after getting two outs. He gave up hits to the next four Buffalo batters, including a two-run double by Kratz, which tied the game.
The rally kept Walters (2-0) from taking his first loss with Buffalo. It was the eighth win for the Bisons in games they trailed in the seventh inning or later.
Esmil Rogers (2-1, 2.83) is due to get the start for Buffalo against right-hander Alex Meyer (5-4, 3.46) tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).