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Herd victimized by big-hitting Bats

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No long ball Sunday for the Buffalo Bisons.

After hitting eight home runs in winning the first two games of their series against Louisville, the Herd saw the Bats supply the power this time as they took a 12-2 victory before 7,457 at Louisville Slugger Field.

The Bats broke open a tight game with a six-run sixth inning for a 9-0 lead. A three-run homer by Emmanual Burriss in the seventh made it 12-0.

Every batter in Louisville’s lineup had a hit and Henry Rodriguez drove in five runs with three hits, including two doubles.

Veteran Armando Galarraga (2-1) shut out the Herd on five hits through seven innings, walking none and striking out six.

Losing pitcher Justin Germano (3-2) allowed just one run until the Bats erupted in the sixth.

International League RBI leader Luis Jimenez of the Bisons went 3 for 4 but never had an opportunity with runners on base. Jim Negrych, who is leading all batters in professional baseball with a .433 average and has hit safely in his last 10 games, sat out the game, as did Anthony Gose and Josh Thole.

The teams will complete their four-game series tonight (6:30 p.m., 1520 AM) as they meet for the final time this season before Buffalo heads to Indianapolis to begin a four-game set on Tuesday night. Claudio Vargas (3-2, 3.86) is due to start for Buffalo tonight against Greg Reynolds (3-0, 2.98).