The Buffalo Bisons came into Monday's game as the worst offensive team in the International League.
They squandered some opportunities but capitalized on enough to complement a solid pitching performance from starter Scott Diamond in a 4-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Coca-Cola Field.
Jesus Montero had a two-run home run while Dalton Pompey and Darrell Ceciliani added RBI singles to provide the offense.
Diamond pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up one run on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
First pitch home run: With one swing, Montero gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead in the first. Matt Dominguez drew a walk and Montero came up with two outs, belting the first pitch he saw to left center field. It was Montero's third home run of the year.
Adding insurance: The Herd had opportunities to add to their lead, but didn't tack on another run until the seventh when Pompey extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single. They added another run in the eighth when Cecillani singled after back-to-back hits from Montero and Junior Lake.
Gem in a jam: Scott Diamond gave up a leadoff double to Wynton Bernard to star the game but no damage was done. While Dixon Machado's sacrifice moved Bernard to third then Diamond got a short fly to center and a ground out to third to end the inning. He then pitched out of a jam in the sixth when with one out he gave up three straight singles to load the bases. But Diamond got Tyler Collins to ground into a double play to end the threat and preserve the Herd's 2-0 lead.
Toledo on the board: The Mud Hens broke through with one out in the eighth with three straight base hits, including one by Chad Huffman which scored a run and chased Diamond from the game.
Stranded: The Bisons failed to add to their lead in the second when back-to-back hits from A.J. Jimenez and David Adams put runners on the corners with one out. But Jio Mier lined out to second and Dalton Pompey grounded out to second.
Out at the plate: The Bisons squandered another chance to add to the lead in the sixth when Matt Dominguez singled. With one out, Montero belted a double into the wind off the centerfield wall. Dominguez attempted to score, but was easily thrown out at the plate. Junior Lake grounded out to third and the lead stayed at 2-0.
Hello old friend: Former Bisons pitcher and Toronto Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris started for Toledo. He went seven innings giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts. After a rough first inning where he gave up the two-run home run to Montero and threw 27 pitches, Norris settled into a groove.
Montero at the plate: Along with the homer, Montero had a double in the sixth and a single in the eighth.
Counting the house: The official paid attendance was 4,701 with a smattering of fans at Coca-Cola Field with the cool temperatures and a strong, cold wind.
Up next: The homestand continues at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday with lefty Wade LeBlanc (4-1, 1.88) scheduled to start for the Bisons agianst righty Thad Weber (4-1, 1.80).