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STANFORD KEEPS BISONS STREAKING

Jason Stanford came through with another quality start, and the Buffalo Bisons -- who are an International League-best 25-12 -- keep rolling along.

Stanford (5-0) pitched seven innings, his longest stint of the season, as the Herd extended its winning streak to five games with a third straight victory over the Toledo Mud Hens, 4-3, before 5,805 in Fifth Third Field.

"Jason has been very consistent overall," Bisons manager Marty Brown said. "Tonight, he made big pitches when he needed to. He pitched behind in the count a little more than in our last two outings (wins by Jason Phillips and Jamie Brown), but when he needed to make a big pitch, he did."

"I watched (Phillips and Brown) be aggressive, try to get ahead of the hitters and throw all of their pitches for strikes," Stanford said. "If you get ahead of the hitters they'll have to hit your pitch. I was able to get their hitters to hit my pitch."

The Bisons left-hander allowed five hits, two runs and struck out a season-high eight. Chad Paronto pitched out of trouble in the eighth and ninth innings to earn his fourth save.

Greg LaRocca and Alex Escobar had first-inning RBI doubles as the Bisons jumped to a 2-0 lead. Buffalo made it 4-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Dusty Wathan and Nate Grindell's fielder's choice.

Ernie Young's RBI groundout in the eighth made it 4-3, but the Mud Hens could not tie it. Young drove in all of Toledo's runs. He had a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the seventh. It was his sixth homer.

"We've gotten off to good starts against them in all three games here, just like they jumped us at home (when Toledo took three of four at Dunn Tire Park last week)," Brown said. "We've also gotten three good (pitching) starts here, and in any series you go into that will give you a chance."

Andy Van Hekken (2-5) took the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Paronto came on to get the final two outs in the eighth. LaRocca made a nice stop at third to throw out Wendell Magee Jr. for the third out in the inning. The Bisons thought they had completed an inning-ending double play on Young's grounder to Zach Sorensen at second, but it was ruled Sorensen missed the tag on the runner going to second.

Toledo manager Larry Parrish argued that Young beat the throw to first and was ejected.

In the ninth, Toledo got the tying run aboard when Yohanny Valera reached on an error with one out, but Tom Evans popped out and Cody Ross took a called third strike to end it.

The teams wrap up their season series at 7 tonight (Radio 1520 AM). Mike Fyhrie (1-4) will get the start for the Bisons against left-hander Nate Robertson (3-1).

The parent Cleveland Indians signed right-hander Dan Miceli to a minor-league contract and assigned the reliever to Buffalo. He was released by Colorado on Sunday after going 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA in 14 appearances.

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