The Buffalo Bisons weren't going to let this game slip away. Not again.
On Tuesday, the Herd bolted out of the gates for a 6-1 lead after the first inning, only to lose, 9-7, to the International League-leading Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Back at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday, the Herd had a 4-0 lead with two outs in the ninth when reliever Leonel Campos issued a walk.
Was a rally brewing for the IronPigs?
"I had told the guys in dugout, I refuse to believe we're losing this game. No chance," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said.
Campos got Cameron Perkins to right and the catch by Jake Elmore officially ended the Herd's 10-game losing streak to Lehigh Valley.
"The players obviously have had troubles," against the IronPigs, Meacham said. "As you go out there and play, it's just like as if you're in a slump. You might go out there and be 0 for 10 and think am I ever going to get another hit? Same thing with a losing streak against a certain team. It was good to break lose and not only beat them but shut them out. I think it's big for our staff."
T.J. House led the pitching staff, getting the win with six shutout innings to improve to 6-5.
Good base running: In the third, the Bisons took a 1-0 lead when Christian Lopes hustled home on a wild pitch from Lehigh Valley starter Mark Appel. Lopes had gotten on base with a single and the Herd loaded the bases with a single from Ian Parmley while Steve Pearce was grazed with a ball at his shoulder.
Big hit for Tellez: Rowdy Tellez crushed a ball to right field in the third, scoring two runs and giving the Herd a 3-0 lead in the third. In his last 10 games, Tellez had just three hits in 34 at-bats (.088) and just three RBIs. He went 1 for 4 Wednesday with a ground out, strike out and pop-up behind home plate.
Three-hit night: Lopes made the most of the ninth spot in the batting order, going 3 for 4 with two singles, a double and a run scored. He also made several key defensive plays at third base.
House out of a jam: The IronPigs threatened in the sixth, getting runners on the corners with one out after Pedro Florimon doubled and Jorge Alfaro singled. House got the next batter to fly out to shallow left and struck out Rhys Hoskins to strand the runners and end the inning. That was the last inning for House, who pitched six scoreless innings with five hits, one walk and five strike outs.
"House did a really good job," Meacham said. "It's a challenge to take on a lineup like that and I felt like he went out there and said, 'I want to see how good I am.' He had one walk, six really good innings. It was a really good job by him.
MLB Rehab: Outfielder Steve Pearce continued his rehab assignment with the Bisons Wednesday. He last played for the Blue Jays on May 14 when he left the game with a calf injury. He went 1 for 4 on Tuesday with the Herd. In Wednesday's game, he played nine innings in left field. Pearce grounded out to second, was hit by a pitch in the third and struck out in the fourth. He singled to left in the sixth, driving in a run and extending the Bisons lead to 4-0.
"It's just a process," Pearce said. "I think it's important to be able to help the team when I get up there so I feel like if I needed some extra at-bats I was going to get them down here. Because when I go up I just want go up and help. I don't want to go up there and find it."
Roster moves: Dwight Smith Jr. was recalled by Toronto and was in the Blue Jays lineup on Wednesday after Ezequiel Carrera was placed on disabled list with a right foot fracture. On Wednesday Smith was ranked in the Top 10 in the International League in batting with a .303 average.
Attendance: Wednesday's paid attendance was 5,231.
Up next: The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. Thursday with the Bisons scheduled to start righty Cesar Valdez and the IronPigs starting righty Jake Thompson. The Herd then opens a three-day, four-game series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders on Friday (7:05 p.m.) with a doubleheader on Saturday (5:35 p.m.) and the finale on Sunday (1:05 p.m.)