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Bisons’ late hitting is difference

The Buffalo Bisons scored early and late in picking up a 9-5 win over the Mud Hens in Toledo on Thursday night.

Buffalo scored the first run of the game in the second inning, but the back-and-forth contest wasn’t decided until the top of the eighth. That’s when the Herd came up with four runs to break the contest open.

It all came with two out and nobody on. After a pair of walks, Andy Burns singled in a run to break a 5-5 tie. Then Matt Hague doubled home two runs, and Brad Glenn added more insurance with a single that drove home Hague. That was it for losing pitcher Josh Zeid. Reliever Rafael Dolis came on to get the final out of the inning.

Here’s the pitch: Andrew Albers, one of the International League leaders in earned-run average, didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday. He gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits in six innings. Albers did not figure in the decision. The win went to Rob Rasmussen (2-1), who walked two but allowed no runs or hits in an inning of work. Gregory Infante cleaned up by not allowing a hit in pitching the final two innings of the game.

Powerful lineup: Brad Glenn had a two-run homer in the third inning for the Herd. Buffalo now has 11 homers in its last eight games. That’s quite a change from the 17-game drought. The team is 11-2 when it has a round-tripper this season.

Good night’s work: The heart of the Bisons’ batting order certainly did its job. Burns, Hague and Glenn all had three hits each. Glenn drove in four runs, while Hague plated three.

Going deep: Jefry Marte had a two-run homer for Toledo. It was a two-run shot off Albers in the fourth inning, and it gave the Mud Hens a 4-3 lead. Toledo had been behind, 3-0, entering the bottom of the third inning. Marte was the only Mud Hen with two hits.

Reinforcements: It’s always nice to add a former major league batting champion and a four-time All-Star to a Triple-A lineup. That’s exactly what happened to the Bisons on Thursday, as Jose Reyes joined the team on an injury rehab assignment. Reyes went 1 for 4 in the contest and was replaced in the lineup in the seventh inning. He’s been out of action since April 27 with a rib fracture.

Attendance: 8,077 watched at Fifth Third Field.

Up next: The 7 p.m. game (Radio 1520 AM) is a rematch of Sunday’s matchup. Daniel Norris (1-1) goes for the Bisons, while Buck Farmer starts for the Mud Hens. Neither pitcher figured in the decision on Sunday in Buffalo, as Toledo won in extra innings.