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Home run parade leads Herd to win over Knights

Casey Kotchman, Jio Mier and Matt Dominguez hit home runs for Buffalo as the Bisons opened a six-game Southern swing with an 8-3 victory over the Charlotte Knights Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C.

The Bisons’ bats broke out against right-hander Terance Marin with a four-run rally in the fourth. Kotchman and Mier each hit two-run homers in the inning. The Herd struck for four more runs in the seventh, with Dominquez, the team leader with 17 homers, connecting with a man aboard.

The victory snapped a two-game road losing streak, following a pair of losses to the Red Wings in Rochester.

Bottoms up: The last five batters in the Buffalo order made a big splash. Overall they were 12 for 23 with 17 total bases and drove in all eight runs for the Herd.

Streakers: Kotchman extended his hitting streak to nine games when his fourth inning home put the first two runs of the game on the board. Since Aug. 4 the veteran first baseman has averaged .433 (13 for 30). Jesus Montero hit in his 12th straight, keeping his streak alive with a single in the seventh.

More quality: Scott Copeland continued his string of solid pitching, lasting until two were out in the sixth inning. He yielded to Dustin Antolin after throwing 105 pitches and leaving the bases full thanks to a pair of hits and a walk. Antolin got out of it by striking out Adam Engel. Copeland yielded two runs on six hits after yielding just one run in each of his last four starts.

Pleasant surroundings: The Bisons seem to have taken a liking for BB&T Ballpark which opened two years ago. Buffalo is now 6-2 there. The Knights used to play across the state line in Rock Hill, S.C.

Next up: Scott Diamond (8-12, 3.74) will get the start for the Bisons in a late afternoon game (Radio 1520 AM, 5:05 p.m.) against Kameron Loe (2-3, 3.91).

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