Their home record is only 21-22 but the Buffalo Bisons are now a .500 team (21-21) on the road, thanks mainly to a 5-1 mark at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
Buffalo won a second straight road series from first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 6-2 victory Monday night in the RailRiders’ home park before 4,323.
The Bisons got a strong pitching performance from starter Matt Boyd and a big night at bat from Melky Mesa to win the finale of a four-game series. Boyd struck out eight in seven innings while Mesa drove in two runs with a pair of doubles, walked twice and scored once. Buffalo is 5-4 versus the RailRiders. The visiting team has won eight of the nine games between the clubs this season.
The Herd pounded out 14 hits against four RailRiders pitchers, taking the lead for good with two runs in the second inning.
Luke Scott led off the frame with his third home run of the season and Brad Glenn followed with a double. Glenn came home on a single by Josh Thole.
Boyd in form: Boyd (2-1) turned in the most impressive performance of his three starts for the team. The left-hander finished his stint by striking out the side in the seventh. Boyd allowed six hits, one a home run by Rob Refsnyder to lead off the second inning.
Long ball returns: The Bisons ranked 10th among the 12 IL teams in home runs going into the game with 35, exactly half of Durham’s league-leading total of 70. Scott in the second and Andy Burns in the fourth led off with home runs to give the Herd’s attack a little extra juice.
Eye on Hague: Matt Hague of the Bisons went 2 for 4 to raise his league-leading batting average to .340. He also leads the IL with 105 hits and in on-base percentage (.426.).
Visiting Yankee: Andrew Miller, New York’s closer, made a rehab appearance for the RailRiders in Monday’s game. Miller pitched one inning, the fifth, and allowed two hits, but no runs and had one strikeout. He retired for the night after throwing nine pitches, eight for strikes. The lanky left-hander had not pitched in a game since June 9 because of a strained left forearm.
What’s next: The Bisons moved on to Rochester for a three-game series with the Red Wings. Lefty Daniel Norris (1-8, 3.88) is scheduled to start the opener Tuesday (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.) against Greg Peavey (0-2, 4.41). The next home game for the Herd is Friday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.