After three years of waiting, the Buffalo Bisons finally claimed a division title on this night.
They defeated the Louisville Redbirds, 6-4, to wrap up the American Association East championship. It was Buffalo's first regular-season title in 32 years.
"I thought we had it last year," manager Terry Collins said. "I felt we had a good enough club, but at the end things broke down and it didn't work out.
"So we tried to go out and get the guys we felt could do the job. At times we were concerned about it, but the last month is when the veterans and the pitchers stepped to the forefront."
Home runs by Armando Moreno and Eddie Zambrano sparked a four-run fifth-inning that turned the game around. The final out came when Joe Fernandez flied out to center fielder Greg Tubbs. That sparked a celebration on the pitcher's mound before a sellout crowd of 21,050.
By the way, the losing pitcher for Louisville was Jamie Moyer, who went on to a long, long major-league career.
-- Budd Bailey
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