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Duda's homer wins it

ROCHESTER -- Lucas Duda jacked a solo home run to right-center to lead off the eighth inning as the Buffalo Bisons edged the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2, in an International League game played in 39-degree temperatures before 5,264 on Friday night.

The Herd cleanup hitter has five hits in his last seven at-bats. It was Duda's second home run of the series.

The win was the 10th of the season for the Herd against 13 losses and gave the Herd a split of the four-game series with Rochester.

The game was tied, 2-2, after the first inning and remained scoreless until Duda's at-bat in the eighth.

The Herd got on the board when Duda doubled in his first at-bat, driving a Yorman Bazardo pitch over the head of the speedy Ben Revere and scoring Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Duda then scored on single from Valentino Pascucci.

Michael O'Connor (2-1) got the win throwing three innings of scoreless relief and Dale Thayer picked up his first save. Bison starter Jenrry Mejia lasted four innings after throwing 39 pitches in first inning.

The Herd begins a four-game set tonight (6:35, Radio 1520 AM) at Lehigh Valley. Bison righthander D.J. Carrasco (0-0, 0.00) gets the start against Nate Bump (0-2, 5.49).

In a player move, the Mets activated catcher Ronny Paulino from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Mike Nickeas to the Herd.

Paulino was placed on the DL on April 10 with anemia. He batted .190 in 12 rehab games.

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