The Columbus Clippers turned to the long ball and shutout pitching by an unscheduled starter to avoid being swept Tuesday night by Buffalo in a four-game series with the Bisons.
Jared Goedert, Jerad Head and Cord Phelps all homered for the Clips and Paolo Espino pitched seven shutout innings as the International League West Division leaders took a 5-0 victory over the Herd after Buffalo had won the first three games of the series.
All three Columbus home runs were against losing pitcher Pat Misch (7-9).
The Bisons had only two hits and just three baserunners in the game. Luis Figueroa singled in the first inning, Jordany Valdespin doubled in the third and Joshua Smith reached on an error in the fourth.
Espino, who started in place of Zach McAllister, and two Columbus relievers did not walk a man as the last 16 Buffalo batters went down in order after Smith reached in the fourth inning.
McAllister was called up by the parent Cleveland Indians to start against the Seattle Mariners at Progressive Field.
The Bisons continue their eight-game road trip at Toledo tonight, opening a four-game series against the Mud Hens (Radio 1520, 6:30 p.m.) at Fifth Third Field. Chris Schwinden (7-6, 3.60) is scheduled to start for the Herd against lefty Fu-Te Ni (5-2, 3.16).