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Bisons top Gwinnett for series split

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Buffalo Bisons blew open a tight game by scoring five runs in the ninth inning while earning a split in the four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves by winning, 8-2, on Friday at Coolray Field.

The Bisons (41-39) led, 3-2, heading into the final inning when they were aided by two passed balls by catcher Matt Pagnozzi and a wild pitch and throwing error by reliever Wirfin Obispo.

Luis Jimenez went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs for the Herd, while St. Francis product Jim Negrych was 2 for 5. It was Negrych who started the ninth with his 23rd double of the season and eventually scored on Pagnozzi’s passed ball. Jimenez’s two-run single up the middle scored the final runs of the ninth.

Coming off solid back-to-back starts, Buffalo starter Todd Redmond worked five innings, while allowing two runs on eight hits. He didn’t issue a walk and fanned a season-best nine.

The bullpen preserved the lead, tossing four scoreless innings, with John Stilson and Mickey Storey each throwing two innings of relief.

The Bisons remain on the road tonight to face Charlotte and will send left-hander Ricky Romero (0-2, 7.24) against a pitcher to be announced. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. (Radio 1520 AM).

Munenori Kawasaki stay with the Bisons was short-lived. The parent Toronto Blue Jays on Friday recalled the infielder from the Herd and placed outfielder Melky Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list. Kawasaki started at second and went 2-for-4 for the Bisons on Thursday night against the Braves.