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Bisons swing for fences in win; Rottino belts three of club's six HRs

On Friday night, Vinny Rottino's 20-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-5 outing. Saturday he started a new streak with special emphasis, blasting three home runs to anchor the Buffalo Bisons offense in an 11-6 win over the Indianapolis Indians in front of 7,005 at Coca-Cola Field.

In all, the Herd belted six home runs -- one off the Coca-Cola Field record of seven set on July 2, 2004 against Syracuse.

"That's contagious," Bisons manager Wally Backman said of the home run show. "We talked about it at the start of the year that we do have a lot of power. If they all put it together at the same time, I don't know if you're going to hit six home runs every game, but it's certainly nice to do."

Rottino had a solo home run in the third, a two-run shot in the sixth and another two-run homer in the eighth.

It was the ninth time in the modern era a Bison has hit three home runs in one game. Rottino became the fourth Bison to do it at home, joining Jeff Manto (1997), Dusty Wathan (2005) and Valentino Pascucci (2010).

"I had a 20-game hitting streak but honestly with my swing, I was doing some things mechanically wrong and [hitting coach] George [Greer] worked with me. [Saturday] night I was able to make those corrections and get some pitches to hit and capitalize on them.

"Honestly, I didn't really care about [the hitting streak]. I just wanted to keep work out some of the mechanical things going on with my swing. It's just a rhythm thing and not trying to do too much. Just staying with my approach. That's the key for me."

In the third, Rottino and Pascucci had back-to-back home runs to give the Bisons a 4-1 lead. For Pascucci, the homer gave him 49 in his career, moving him into a tie for sixth with Jason Cooper on the Bisons' modern era all-time home run list.

But the lead was short lived as Indianapolis tied the game with three runs in the fourth.

In the sixth, Jordany Valdespin, who was optioned back to Buffalo by the New York Mets earlier in the day, belted a pinch-hit home run. The last time a Bison pinch hitter homered was Fernando Martinez on April 23, 2011 against Lehigh Valley.

Rottino then belted a two-run shot to give the Herd a 7-4 lead and added a two-run shot in the eighth. Matt Tuiasosopo added a two-run shot of his own to blow open the game, 11-4.