The Buffalo Bisons scored a 10th inning run on Mike Kinkade's sacrifice fly for a 5-4 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday night at McCoy Stadium.
"Mike stayed in the middle of the field, which we've been trying to impress upon our guys," said Herd manager Marty Brown.
"Mike's coming out of what I call a mini-slump. He's swung the bat very well despite his numbers at this stage of the season. You wouldn't think so, but he's really stabilized the top part of the order hitting in the three hole."
Brandon Phillips led off the 10th with a single against Jack Cressend (1-1), and John Rodriguez walked.
Both runners advanced a base when Cressend tried to pick Phillips off second base and threw the ball into center field for an error. Kinkade hit the next pitch to right field to score Phillips.
Fernando Cabrera (1-2) earned the win. Jake Robbins retired the side in order in the 10th inning for his second save.
Buffalo grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning when Jake Gautreau executed a suicide-squeeze that scored pinch-runner Joe Inglett.
Pawtucket tied it in the bottom of the ninth on Mike Lockwood's solo home run.
The Bisons built a 3-0 lead after three innings against Pawtucket starter Abe Alvarez.
Andy Abad hit an RBI single in the first and John Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the third.
The Red Sox tied the game with home runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Shawn Wooten hit a leadoff homer in the fourth and Tim Hummel's two-run homer tied it, 3-3, in the fifth.
Buffalo opens a seven-game homestand tonight (6:05 p.m., Radio 1230 AM) against Rochester.