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Herd rally in 11th tops Sox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Luis Rivas drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the top of the 11th inning to bring home the tiebreaking run and the Buffalo Bisons went on to a 10-7 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 7,095 at McCoy Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Rivas' walk on a 3-1 pitch cracked a 7-7 tie and a two-run single by Ben Francisco gave the Herd some breathing room.

"I thought the key at-bat was Luis Rivas . . . really understanding the strike zone and the situation, and drawing a big walk that scored the go-ahead run," Bisons manager Torey Lovullo said. "Ben Francisco is one of the best hitters as far as I'm concerned in this league. He comes up and breaks the game open. All in all it was a well-executed game plan by those two guys. We took advantage of a two-out situation."

It was an offensive battle between the two clubs as the Bisons jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the second inning.

Pawtucket came back to tie the game in the sixth, then went up, 7-4, in the seventh.

In the eighth, Francisco cut the lead to 7-5 when he singled in Franklin Guiterrez. Later that inning, Hector Luna hit a two-out single which scored Rivas and Francisco to tie the game, 7-7.

Luna drove in four runs on the day, going 2 for 5 while Guiterrez extended his hitting streak to nine games -- the longest by any Bison this year.

The series will continue today, (1:05 p.m., Radio 1230 AM) with righty Brian Slocum (1-1, 7.07 ERA) scheduled to start for the Herd against lefty Kason Gabbard (2-1, 4.41).

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