Cheaper by the dozen.
Trailing in a game they once led by four, the Buffalo Bisons erupted for seven runs in the top of the ninth in a 12-7 triumph over the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Park on Saturday night.
The Herd got its runs in the ninth with five hits and were helped by three walks, a hit batsman and a balk by Charlotte pitching.
The big inning started with a double by Ian Parmley, a triple by Roemon Fields and a single by Jake Elmore. Rowdy Tellez and Christian Lopes had RBI singles later in the inning.
Homers hurt: Jarrett Grube, making his first start in a week, had things in control for four and two-thirds innings. Then the Bisons right-hander gave up a grand slam homer by Danny Hayes followed by a solo shot by Cody Asche and saw a four-run lead suddenly turn into a deficit.
Building a lead: The Bisons scored in four of the first five innings with 12 hits, including three by Tellez, who drove in two runs and another three by Fields and two by the hot-hitting Dwight Smith Jr.
Smith, who batting .322 for the Bisons, extended his hitting streak to six games, wrapped around call-ups to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cuban Missile: Grube struck out Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada twice. Moncada, who was obtained by the parent Chicago White Sox from Boston in the trade for pitcher Chris Sale, doubled in the fifth and scored on Hayes’ slam and led off the seventh with a triple, but the Knights could not get him home. Moncada is batting .329 for Charlotte.
Up next: Right-hander Carson Fulmer is the scheduled starter for Charlotte when the teams meet at 7:05 tonight against a Buffalo starter yet to be named. The teams will close their four-game series Monday afternoon at 2:05 with T.J. House scheduled for the Herd.