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Wagner closes out Herd triumph

INDIANAPOLIS — Closer Neil Wagner stayed perfect in 11 save opportunities by getting the final two outs with runners at second and third as the Buffalo Bisons held off the Indianapolis Indians, 6-4, Thursday afternoon before 12,587 at Victory Field.

In the Indy ninth, Wagner gave up singles to Alex Presley and Josh Harrison before striking out Matt Hague. The runners then executed a double steal but Wagner induced a fly ball to right by Jared Goedert and got Brett Carroll on a liner to left to end the game.

Wagner combined with Buddy Carlyle (3-0) and Jeremy Jeffress on 5 ∑ innings of strong relief work after another struggling start from Ricky Romero. The relievers allowed one run on four hits to restore order after the Bisons had given up 24 runs in losing the first two games of the series.

Romero, meanwhile, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in 3∏ innings. But he walked six, struck out just one and threw only 44 of his 86 pitches for strikes. He has a 9.82 ERA in two starts with Buffalo since returning from Toronto to continue to work on his erratic mechanics.

The Bisons won the game with a two-run seventh to snap a 4-4 tie. Luis Jimenez tripled to deep center to score Anthony Gose and then came home on a Mauro Gomez single. Buffalo tied the game in the sixth on Eugenio Velez’s solo home run.

The teams complete their series tonight with Justin Germano (3-2) pitching for the Herd before returning home Saturday (7:15, Radio 1520).