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DP preserves Herd victory

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Buffalo Bisons pulled off a strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out double play to end the game and preserve a 5-4 victory over the Gwinnett Braves before 4,346 at Coolray Field on Wednesday night.

Jordan Schafer of the Braves was gunned down a third on the front end of an attempted double steal by Buffalo catcher Josh Thole as Mitch Jones was striking out on a 3-2 pitch. Solo home runs by Mike Jacobs and Lucas Duda in the sixth inning provided the winning margin for the Herd after Gwinnett had rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, Schafer led off with a single and moved to second on Matt Young's sacrifice bunt. Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch and Wes Timmons, who pinch-ran for Freeman.

The Bisons were in need of a starting pitcher for Wednesday's game because John Maine, who was scheduled, ended his rehabilitation stint with the team. Major league veteran Ramon Ortiz, 37, who joined the Herd on Wednesday, got the assignment and went four innings. Bobby Livingston (3-7) took over in the fifth and got the win. Manny Acosta, who came on to get the third out with the tying run at third in the eighth, earned his second save in two nights.

The middle of the Bisons' batting order -- Jacobs, Valentino Pascucci and Duda -- went 6 for 12 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

Dillon Gee (6-4, 4.73 ERA) of the Bisons will face Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 5.14) in the finale of the four-game series tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Jurrjens will be making his third start on his rehab assignment from the Atlanta Braves.

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