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Herd rolls, Batista stumbles

The Buffalo Bisons ended their four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a hit-filled rout during which they overcame a rocky debut by newly signed reliever Miguel Batista.

The Herd pounded out 16 hits, got a strong start by Dylan Owen and built a 9-2 lead in what would end up as an 11-6 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs before 5,572 at Alliance Bank Stadium.

Luis Figeroa, Raul Chavez and Valentino Pascucci each had three hits while Luis Hernandez blasted a three-run homer in the fifth inning that gave Buffalo a 5-0 lead. Owen (4-4) pitched six strong innings, allowing one hit and striking out five before leaving with a 9-2 lead.

Batista, the 40-year-old veteran right-hander who was signed early Tuesday to a minor league contract by the New York Mets, came on for his first pitching in two weeks but only got one batter out. Clocked as high as 97 on the stadium gun, he walked one and allowed four hits and four runs before being pulled by manager Tim Teufel.

Batista was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on June 22. He was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games for St. Louis this year. He went 1-2 with two saves and a 3.70 ERA in 58 games with the Washington Nationals last year.

Overall, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is 99-112 with 41 saves and a 4.51 ERA in 614 major league games with 10 clubs. He won 10 or more games in five different seasons, including an 11-8 record and a 3.36 ERA in 48 games for the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Bisons also announced that right-hander John Lujan has been transferred to Double-A Binghamton and catcher Dusty Ryan was activated off the team's disabled list and moved to Binghamton.

Buffalo continues its road swing by opening a three-game set at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Chris Schwinden (5-3, 2.87) is scheduled to pitch for Buffalo tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).

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