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Seven-run inning helps Bisons beat Mud Hens

TOLEDO, Ohio — After being shut out Sunday night, the Buffalo Bisons put on an emphatic offensive show Monday afternoon and salvaged the final game of a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens, 7-5, before 9,776 at Fifth Third Field.

Eight Bisons in a row hit safely against Toledo starter Jon Link to start the second inning, and the Herd made the seven-run frame stand up the rest of the way – just barely.

Buffalo batters strung six singles, a double by Clint Robinson and a triple by Anthony Gose in their second-highest scoring inning of the season. The Bisons had a 10-run frame in the seventh inning of a 27-9 victory at Syracuse on April 18.

Luis Jimenez, Andy LaRoche, Ryan Goins, Mike Nickeas, Munenori Kawasaki and Kevin Pillar had singles in the big inning. Buffalo had just six hits the rest of the way, two more each by Goins and Gose.

Bisons starter Thad Weber (5-4) gave up only a solo homer to Danny Dorn in the second before running into trouble in the seventh when the Mud Hens scored twice. Toledo had three singles and took advantage of two wild pitches before Brad Lincoln struck out Jordan Lennerton to strand a runner.

Toledo picked up another pair in the eighth on a two-run double by Danny Worth to make it 7-5 before Sergio Santos got the final two outs of the inning.

Neil Wagner gave up two singles and a walk in the Toledo ninth with the final out coming when Gose threw out Argeniz Diaz at home on Dorn’s ground single to right.

Toledo won the season series, 5-3.

The Bisons move on to Columbus, for a four-game series against the Clippers starting with a single game tonight (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with right-hander Justin Germano (6-7, 5.29) due to get the start against a Columbus pitcher to be named. Buffalo won three straight from the Clippers at Coca-Cola Field last week after dropping the series opener.

The Bisons (55-53) will enter tonight trailing first-place Rochester (60-51) by three games. The Wings overtook Pawtucket to take the lead in the North Division of the International League.