Jeff Harris' third straight solid start didn't go without a charming reward Saturday night for the Buffalo Bisons.
The 32-year-old righty picked up his first win in more than a month and just his third of the season as he scattered four hits and struck out four in seven innings during the Herd's 3-0 triumph over the Norfolk Tides before 10,209 fans at Harbor Park.
After a three-game stretch in which Harris gave up 15 earned runs in 16 innings, the minor-league journeyman has yielded just five runs in his last 21 innings, going at least 6 1/3 innings in each outing. Harris' last win was May 13, when he gave up no runs through six innings in an 8-0 win in Rochester.
Harris' only real stressful inning was the sixth when the Tides' Adam Stern singled to lead off and J.R. House walked. But Harris (3-4) retired the next three hitters on a line out, fielder's choice and a strikeout.
Juan Lara pitched a hitless eighth, while Edward Mujica worked around two singles in the ninth to earn his 11th save. The teams will conclude their four game series this afternoon (1:15 p.m., Radio 1230 AM).
Jason Cooper (1 for 2, two RBIs) and Jon Van Every (2 for 3, one RBI) continued their recent hot-hitting for the Herd.
Cooper blasted his third homer of the season and second in as many nights with one out in the second, taking Norfolk starter Rob Bell (4-3) over the right-field fence to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
Cooper's sacrifice fly in the sixth drove in Joe Inglett with Buffalo's third run.
Van Every's two-out single to right drove in catcher Mike Rose from second to give the Herd a 2-0 lead in the fifth. In six games since being called up from Double-A Akron, Van Every is 6 for 14 (.429). He went 2 for 3 with a homer and a triple in Buffalo's 5-4 win Friday.