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Pitcher homers in Herd win

Buffalo Bisons starter Dylan Owen became the first Bison pitcher in 17 years to hit a home run highlighting Monday's 5-1 win over Lehigh Valley. A game-time temperature of 38 degrees didn't keep the Herd from swinging a hot bat as they pounded out 15 hits before 6,866 at Coca-Cola Park.

It has been almost two decades, and two affiliations, since a Bisons pitcher went deep. John Hope homered Aug. 6, 1994, in a 4-1 loss to Indianapolis.

Owen's homer got the Bisons going as Valentino Pascucci followed with an RBI-double later in the fifth. Vinny Rottino closed out the inning with a run-scoring single. After that, the Herd never trailed. The home run was the sixth career hit for Owen.

Owen, who didn't figure in the decision, was making a spot start for the departed Jeremy Hefner. The New York Mets announced before the game that they had recalled Hefner.

The win went to Josh Edgin (1-0) in his Triple-A debut. The lefty was recalled Monday from Binghamton and struck out three of the five batters he faced.

The Bisons improved to 6-4 on the road this season.

Edgin, 25, has a 1.42 ERA and two saves in six appearances with Binghamton.

The loss was the first at home for the IronPigs, who started the season 7-0.

Game two in the three-game series is tonight (7 p.m. Radio 1520 AM). In a battle of lefties, the Bisons will send Garrett Olson (0-1, 2.20) to the mound against Tom Cochran (2-0, 4.11).

The Mets placed infielder Jordany Valdespin on the 24-hour Taxi Squad. With the roster space, left-hander Josh Edgin has been promoted to the Herd from Double-A Binghamton.