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Tuiasosopo's slam lifts Bisons over Mud Hens

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The Toledo Mud Hens intentionally walked Valentino Pascucci, choosing to face Matt Tuiasosopo instead. They paid for it.

Tuiasosopo hit a grand slam to left with one out in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie and send the Buffalo Bisons to a 5-3 victory over the Mud Hens Sunday night at Fifth Third Field.

It was only the second victory at Fifth Third for the Bisons in their last 15 games there and first in three games this season.

The other Buffalo run came on a solo homer by Brad Emaus in the the ninth.

The teams will meet in the finale of their four-game series here tonight with Jennry Mejia (0-0, 3.00) scheduled to face right-hander Jacob Turner (1-0, 5.09) of the home team (7 p.m., Radio 1520 AM).

The Herd will be without infielder Josh Satin, who was recalled by the parent Mets to take the place of injured Mike Baxter on the New York roster. Satin was batting .274 with three homers and 26 RBIs for the Bisons.

Matt Harvey struggled through four shutout innings for the Bisons before leaving a scoreless game after striking out five. Harvey allowed four hits. However, he threw 84 pitches, only 49 for strikes, and walked five.

Still, it was the 10th straight win for Buffalo in games Harvey has started. He has won his last five decisions. Reliever Josh Edgin picked up the win in relief despite giving up two of the three Toledo runs. The other Mud Hens' score came on a solo homer by Ryan Strieby off closer Fernando Cabrera in the ninth. Cabrera walked the next batter on four pitches but ended it with two strikeouts for his 12th save

Tuiasosopo's sixth homer of the season came against Toledo starter Adam Walk. It followed a leadoff single by Raul Reyes, an error by Eric Patterson in left field and the intentional walk to Pascucci.

It was the Bisons' second grand slam this season. Adam Loewen, now on the disabled list (foot), hit one in his two-homer, six-RBIs game in a 10-9 win over Pawtucket on April 15.