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Bisons' success in Rochester continues

ROCHESTER -- The Buffalo Bisons made it two in a row on Saturday afternoon, earning a 4-2 decision over Rochester at Frontier Field.

The Herd improved to 2-1 after splitting its opening series at Pawtucket.

Left fielder Vinny Rottino had a solid day at the plate, driving in three runs while scoring another in a 2 for 2 day.

Rottino gave the Herd a 2-0 lead in the third when he singled with the bases loaded. He extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Rochester got back in the game in the fifth when Brian Dozier had an RBI double and Joe Benson a sacrifice fly. But the Herd added a run in the eighth when Rottino scored on a sacrifice fly by Rob Johnson.

Jordany Valdespin went 2 for 5 with two runs scored for the Herd while Bobby Scales went 3 for 4.

Chris Schwinden picked up the win in his first start of the year. He was tagged for both Rochester runs, giving up four hits in five innings with four strikeouts. Schwinden was an International League All Star last year and the Herd's Most Valuable Pitcher.

Fernando Cabrera pick up his second save of the season. Friday's save at Pawtucket was his first save with the Bisons since June 21, 2005.

The last two seasons, the Bisons have enjoyed success against their closest opponent. The Herd went 10-6 against the Red Wings last year and 11-5 in 2010.

And the Herd has enjoyed playing at Frontier Field. They now have 61 wins at Frontier Field. That's the most wins at a visiting ballpark since Buffalo returned to the International league in 1998.

The clubs continue their four-game series today (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520, TWC13) with righty Jeremy Hefner scheduled to start for Buffalo against Cole DeVries.

The Herd's home opener will be Wednesday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at 2:05 p.m.