The Buffalo Bisons won the battle of division leaders on Saturday night as they disposed of the Louisville RiverBats, 6-2, before 11,699 at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Bisons (46-20) lead the International League's North division by nine games while the RiverBats (42-27) lead the IL's West by 7 1/2 games. It was Buffalo that padded its lead by scoring runs in the first, second, fourth, fifth and eighth innings.
Buffalo, held to three hits in Friday night's 5-0 loss, connected for 11 hits, including three from Mark Budzinski. "I was particularly happy with our at-bats tonight," Herd manager Eric Wedge said. "That took a little of the heat off our pitching staff. Budzinski did a real good job for us. He was a spark plug for us tonight. He does a lot of things for us."
On the mound, David Riske struck out the side in the eighth and ninth to help make a winner of starter Mike Bacsik (3-0).
Louisville starter Ken Hill (2-1), who has won 117 major league games in his career, was roughed up, yielding nine hits and five runs over five innings.
The Bisons, who dropped the first two games of the series, avoided losing three games in a row for the first time this season.
The four-game series concludes today (1:15 p.m., Radio 1520). Scheduled to start for the Herd is Tim Drew (3-1, 2.25) against Arnie Gooch (3-3, 4.09) for Louisville.