The Buffalo Bisons won the battle of bullpens by taking advantage of an error in the 11th inning to pull out a 5-4 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Friday night.
Four Buffalo relievers -- Juan Lara, Matt Miller, Jensen Lewis and Mike Koplove -- allowed just one hit in the final five innings before 9,841 at PNC Field.
The Yankees' relievers were almost as effective but their five-inning stretch of near-perfection came to a crashing finish in the 11th.
A two-out bobble by first baseman Eric Duncan allowed hustling Herd catcher Mike Rose to score from second with the winning run. Duncan couldn't handle the throw from shortstop Alberto Gonzalez on what was ruled an infield hit by Jonathan Van Every.
Lewis (1-0), the only Herd reliever to allow a hit, got the win. Koplove, who put the Yankees down in order in the 11th, earned his seventh save.
Buffalo starter Sean Smith (6-5) was trying to become the first Herd pitcher to get seven wins. He left with the score tied, 4-4, after six innings after giving up seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Until the deciding play, neither team scored after the fifth inning.
In the top of the fifth, Buffalo exploded for three runs and a 4-3 lead. Brad Snyder led off with a walk and Van Every reached on Duncan's first error. Both scored on Hector Luna's double to center and Luna came home when Ryan Mulhern singled to center.
Scranton tied the game at 4-4 in their half as Branson Sardinha walked and was driven in by Duncan.
After that, pitchers ruled.
Scranton's Charlie Manning put Buffalo down in order in the sixth before teammate Edwar Ramirez zipped through the seventh, eighth and ninth with six Ks and three infield outs. Jim Brower (4-1) gave up four hits in two innings and took the loss.
After winning two straight, the Herd travels to Rochester tonight for the first of two games (7 p.m., Radio 1230, 1330 AM). The Red Wings also play at Dunn Tire Park Monday and Tuesday nights.