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Germano gives Herd a solid start in win

NORFOLK, Va. — Pitcher Justin Germano said good riddance to a dubious streak on Sunday.

Winless in his last five starts, the Buffalo Bisons starter struck out a season-high eight, scattered five hits and allowed two runs in 7-4 win at Harbor Park.

Germano, who evened his record at 4-4, hadn’t won a game since April 22. He threw 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes while keeping hitters off-balance with a good mix of fastballs and breaking stuff.

During the game, players on both teams paid tribute to the Negro Leagues, wearing the trademark old-school baggy uniforms of different teams from the former league. Manager Marty Brown did not have his on for very long as he was ejected in the second inning for arguing a runner interference call at third base.

The Herd takes a 2-1 advantage in the four-game series. They close out the eight-game road trip today at noon.

Claudio Vargas (3-5, 5.86) is the scheduled starter for Buffalo while Norfolk is expected to send Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.45). The Bisons start a four-game series on Tuesday at Coca Cola Field against Lehigh Valley.

Buffalo broke the game open with a five-run third inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run homer by Andy LaRoche. Moises Sierra was hit by a pitch to score a run and Luis Jimenez and Josh Thole added sacrifice flies.

The home run chased Norfolk starter Jair Jurrjens. The big inning was more than enough run support for Germano, who yielded just two hits over the next four innings.

Thole added his second RBI in the fifth with a grounder that found its way between first and second and into right to score Jim Negrych. Jimenez and LaRoche also finished with a pair of RBIs while Velez, batting leadoff, had a team-high three hits.

After Buddy Carlyle relieved Germano with a scoreless inning, Dustin McGowan continued his MLB rehab. He pitched the eighth giving up two runs on two hits. John Stilson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first Triple A save.