The Buffalo Bisons got plenty of offense and solid pitching as they kicked off their eight-game road trip with a 5-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field on Tuesday night.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis extended his hitting streak to 16 games when he blasted a solo home run to right field in the eighth inning. That ties the longest streak for a Bison player since Javier Castillo had a 16-game streak in 2009.
The Herd took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Fernando Martinez. The lead grew to 3-0 in the seventh when Nick Evans hit his fourth home run -- a two-run blast to center.
After Nieuwenhuis homered in the eighth, Ruben Tejada added an RBI double in the ninth.
Starter Chris Schwinden (1-0) gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Buffalo used four other pitchers -- Taylor Tankersley, D.J. Carrasco, Justin Hampson and Dale Thayer -- to secure the shutout.
Carrasco officially joined the Bisons on Tuesday after being optioned to the club by the Mets on Sunday. The right-hander pitched one inning, giving up one walk.
Before the game, the Bisons also added outfielder Jesus Feliciano, who was promoted from Double-A Binghamton.
Feliciano began the season with Buffalo but was transferred to the Binghamton Mets on April 13 after going 1-11 in five games with the Herd. Feliciano hit .324 (11-34) with a pair of doubles in eight games with the B-Mets.
He went 0 for 4 on Tuesday, leaving two runners on base.
To make room on the roster, pitchers Manny Alvarez and Dylan Owen were transferred to Binghamton. Owen was 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA while Alvarez was 0-2, 10.29.
The series continues at 11:35 a.m. today (1520) with right-hander Josh Stinson (1-1, 7.00) scheduled to start for Buffalo against lefty Scott Diamond (0-1, 3.86).