The Buffalo Bisons turned to its winningest pitcher to snap a season-long losing streak on Tuesday. ?Matt Harvey delivered, picking up his sixth win to help the Herd beat Norfolk, 6-1, and end a five-game skid.
Harvey picked up his sixth victory in what was his International League-leading 15th start. The righty went six innings, giving up one run with seven strikeouts and two walks. Harvey was coming off a quality start against Pawtucket on June 14 in which he fanned 10 over seven innings.
Reliever Justin Hampson of the Herd pitched a perfect seventh, while Jenrry Mejia worked the last two, giving up one hit with two stikeouts. Bisons pitchers struck out a total of 10 Tides. Norfolk starter Miguel Gonzalez (2-2) took the loss after he was touched for four runs on four hits over 3- 2/3 innings.
Buffalo erupted for four runs in the third inning and added singles runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Catcher Rob Johnson had two of the Herd's seven hits.
The Bisons are 3-3 against the Tides this season. Their record at Harbor Park is now 38-20 overall.
The Bisons scored all the runs they would need with a four-run third inning. Ronny Cedeno had the big hit of the frame with a bases-clearing soft liner to center, with an assist coming from Nate McLouth's errant throw to the infield.
In the sixth, Corey Wimberly hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Johnson and bump the lead to 5-1; Johnson reached base on an error by the Tides left fielder Xavier Avery. In the seventh, Matt Den Dekker scored on a forceout to make it 6-1.
Val Pascucci was issued two walks to increase his team lead to 49, which ranks second in the IL.
The third game in the series is tonight (7:15, Radio 1520).
The Bisons will send Dylan Owen (3-4, 5.23) to the mound to face lefty Jamie Moyer (1-1, 1.50).