INDIANAPOLIS — Ineffective pitching by the Buffalo Bisons led to three big innings by Indianapolis and a 14-7 loss to the Indians before 5,240 at Victory Field Wednesday afternoon.
After Bisons starter Dave Bush retired the first two batters in the first inning, he gave up four straight hits, including a two-run homer by Brett Carroll, as the Tribe took a 4-0 lead.
Things got worse in the fifth. The Indians scored seven times to wipe out a 6-4 Buffalo lead.
Indy’s first four batters hit for a team cycle against Bush to start the inning. Ivan DeJesus led off with a home run followed by four straight hits, including two doubles, a triple and a single before Chad Beck relieved. The onslaught continued when Jared Goedert doubled home another run and Carroll homered again to make it 11-6.
Clint Everts of the Bisons faced seven batters in the Indy seventh. He walked four, three of them after two were out, to force home a run. Reliever Juan Perez walked another with the bases full, then gave up an RBI single to Matt Hague to make it 14-6.
Felix Pie went 4 for 4 for Indy with a pair of triples.
The Bisons, who lead the International League with 48 home runs, hit two more. IL RBI leader Luis Jimenez connected for his ninth with a man on in the fifth and Moises Sierra hit his fourth with the bases empty in the ninth. Jimenez has 36 RBIs and is batting .367, second on the team to Jim Negrych.
Negrych went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to. 414 and had a pair of RBIs, giving him 20 on the season.
The Bisons (23-15) remained in a virtual tie for first place tn the North Division of the IL because of Gwinnett defeated Pawtucket (24-16) on Wednesday night. Indy has the best record in the IL — 29-12.
Ricky Romero (0-0, 14.73) will start for the Bisons today against Andy Oliver (3-1, 2.82) in a morning game (11:05, Radio 1520.) The teams will close the four-game series on Friday night before Buffalo returns home to face Charlotte in the opener of a four-game series Saturday night, the start of an eight-game home stand.