TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ten innings of shutout pitching by Joe Biagini and four Buffalo relievers and a game-saving throw from left field by Teoscar Hernandez did not go to waste.
Christian Lopes cleared the bases for three runs with a double in the 12th inning Saturday night and the Buffalo Bisons went on to a 6-2 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.
Lopes's third hit of the game came after a leadoff single by Danny Jansen, a failed sacrifice attempt, a fielding error and a walk to Roemon Fields filled the bases. Dwight Smith Jr. singled to send Lopes home with the fourth run of the inning.
Until then, all the scoring was on home runs. Former Bison Matt den Dekker hit a two-run blast to put Toledo ahead in the second inning. Jason Leblebijian's two-run shot tied it for Buffalo in the fifth.
Rodriguez made the defensive play of the game in the 11th when he caught Jaimer Candelario's fly ball witht the bases loaded and one out and threw home to nail Tyler Collins for an inning ending double play. Catcher Jansen made the tag to keep Toledo from walking off with the win in the second game of the four-game series between the teams.
Biagini and the bullpen kept the Bisons in it after the den Dekker homer by shutting out the Mud Hens the rest of the way. Toledo had only two singles before pinch hitter Jason Krizan led off the ninth with a single. Buffalo pitchers struck out 13, but allowed eight walks. Toledo left 14 runners on base.
The Bisons threatened in the 10th. Jon Berti led off with a single, was out at second on Fields' grounder. Fields, who leads the International League in stolen bases, was thrown out attempting to steal second for the second out. Lopes walked, but Smith Jr. hit into a force out.
Toledo had the bases loaded with two out in the 10th after a single by Candelario, a double by JaCoby Jones and an intentional walk, but Miguel Gonzalez was retired on a fly ball to center field.
Extra, extra: When the Bisons hit a home run its big news these days. Leblebijian's homer was only the 62nd of the season for the Herd, last in the International League and only the second of the month for Buffalo. Den Dekker's homer was the 88th allowed by Bisons pitching this season. It was Leblebijian's 11th home of the season and gave him 58 RBIs, most on the team.
Watch out Joe D: Rowdy Tellez singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. That's 45 short of Joe DiMaggio's major league record.
Up next: The Bisons and Mud Hens will wrap up their business for the season with a game tonight (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m.). Lefty T.J. House (8-11, 4.39 ERA) will get the start for the Bisons against lefty Josh Turley (1-0, 2.45) of the Mud Hens. Buffalo had a 3-2 advantage in the season series between the clubs before Saturday's game.