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HERD BEATS NASHVILLE, PULLS CLOSER BUFFALO 21/2 GAMES OUT OF FIRST PLACE

The Buffalo Bisons continued to sound a warning to the American Association's Eastern Division leaders Wednesday night.

The Herd parlayed a trio of three-run innings into a 10-4 victory over the Nashville Sounds before 4,680 at Greer Stadium. The third-place Bisons beat the Sounds for the second straight time to start a four-game series and pulled within 2 1/2 games of first place.

Buffalo bolted to a 7-1 lead en route to its fourth straight victory, then scored three times in the eighth after Nashville had closed within 7-4.

Tim Leiper's two-run triple with two out in the eighth followed Dave Rohde's RBI double and gave the Herd a 10-4 advantage. The hit raised Leiper's batting average to .402.

Buffalo scored three runs on only one hit in both the first and fifth innings. The Herd took advantage of two walks and two hit batsmen by Nashville starter Frank Campos in the first and got three more in the fifth to take a 7-1 edge thanks to Leiper's RBI single, an error, a walk, a hit batsman and Tony Beasley's suicide squeeze bunt.

"You run into spells like that," said Bisons manager Doc Edwards. "Sometimes you just do things to get yourself some runs."

Nashville hurlers hit four Bisons with pitched balls and fanned 12, but the Bisons still managed 13 base hits and left 11 on base.

Buffalo's Will Pennyfeather was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going 4 for 6 with two runs and an RBI. Pennyfeather slugged his sixth home run to lead off the second inning, giving the Herd a 4-1 lead.

"It's easy to play when you get yourself a nice lead in the first couple innings," Pennyfeather said. "It helps you relax a little bit."

Bisons starter Roy Smith (13-7) worked six innings, yielding four earned runs on seven hits. He was knocked out after Nashville scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. Bobby Hunter pitched two innings of hitless relief and Brian Shouse finished up.

The series continues with games tonight and Friday. Herd lefty Rich Robertson (6-5, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to oppose righty James Baldwin (0-2, 7.59) tonight (8:30, Radio 550).

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