SYRACUSE -- Luis Hernandez hit a solo home run in the ninth and Dale Thayer was perfect in relief to help the Buffalo Bisons past the Syracuse Chiefs, 5-2, at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse on Thursday.
The win ended a three-game skid, allowed the Bisons to avoid a series sweep and gave them a win heading into an eight-game homestand that begins tonight at Coca-Cola Field.
Hernandez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs as well as a run on a ninth-inning shot that barely snuck out of the park, but it was enough to give the Bisons a three-run lead.
Thayer came on to record the final out of the seventh, then struck out the side in the eighth before a 1-2-3 ninth. He recorded four strikeouts in his 10th save of the season, the most for a Bison since 2009.
The Bisons got things started with a three-run first inning. Ruben Tejada walked, Luis Figueroa singled him to second, and Pascucci plated both of them with a deep double. Luis Hernandez later knocked Pascucci home with a single and the Bisons left the inning with a 3-0 lead.
Syracuse made it 3-1 in the second. Seth Bynum hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a ground out. Jhonatan Solano doubled on a sharp line drive to center to score Bynum.
Bisons starter Pat Misch (W, 5-5) threw his way into trouble in the fifth. After retiring the first two batters, Misch walked Brian Bixler. A wild pitch moved Bixler to second. Jesus Valdez then doubled to left field, scoring Bixler and cutting the Buffalo lead to 3-2.
The Herd got that run back in the sixth, when Figueroa doubled to lead off. A wild pitch with Hernandez at the plate moved Figueroa to third, and he scored when Hernandez singled for his second RBI.
The Bisons host the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight (7:35 p.m., AM 1520). Chris Schwinden (6-4, 3.31) will start for the Herd against Matt Fox (5-4, 5.17).