PAWTUCKET, RI -- With runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the 10th, Jesus Feliciano laced a line drive to center field to drive in the game-winning run in a 5-4 Buffalo Bisons' victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium.
Feliciano went 3 for 4 in the game with two RBIs and helped the Bisons earn their fourth win in the past five games. The hit also prevented Pawtucket from getting its third straight walk-off victory, but the drama from Thursday night's game didn't just come from its tight finish.
Controversy struck in the bottom of the fifth after a questionable call was made at third base. With one out and a runner on first, Pawtucket outfielder Nate Spears knocked a grounder to right field where Fernando Martinez fielded the ball and made a one-hop throw to third in an attempt to throw out Ronald Bermudez.
Manager Tim Teufel came out of the dugout to argue the safe call on the close play but was ejected. Moments later, Pawtucket third baseman Jed Lowrie followed with a two-run double, extending the lead to 4-1.
But the Bisons refused to go down easy. With the bases loaded in the next inning, Ruben Tejada ripped a single to deep center field scoring two runs, trimming the deficit to one. One out later, Luis Figueroa drove in Feliciano with a single to tie the game at 4.
In the fourth inning Josh Satin extended his hit streak to 11 games with a double. He was driven in by Feliciano for the Herd's first run.
Valentino Pascucci's 14-game hit streak came to an end. The Bisons' leader in RBIs (75) went 0 for 3 with a walk, including a ground out in the top of the ninth with two outs and runners on the corners.
Game two of the four-game series is tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 550) and features Miguel Batista (1-0, 5.14) on the mound for the Herd against Kevin Millwood (5-1, 4.12) -- a rematch of the July 25 encounter between the two experienced major-league hurlers. The Herd won that game but neither pitcher factored in the decision.