MOOSIC, Pa. — Anthony Gose delivered the big hit the Buffalo Bisons needed, not only for their first big inning in nearly a week, but also the knock the Herd needed to help snap a three-game losing streak as Buffalo defeated host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-5, on Thursday in an International League game played at PNC Field.
Gose’s three-run triple with two outs highlighted a four-run second inning by Buffalo, which had been shutout by the RailRiders on Wednesday. The four-run second inning was the most productive one by the Herd since they scored five in the eighth during a 7-3 win at Pawtucket on April 18.
Gose’s knock made it 4-0 as the Herd had already taken a 1-0 lead earlier in the inning on Jared Goedert’s bases-loaded RBI single.
That was more than enough for Herd starter Liam Hendriks, who brought the third-best earned-run average in the International League (1.13 ERA) into the contest. He allowed just one run in 5∏ innings Thursday, striking out six and walking none.
Gose finished 2 for 4 with a walk, while outfielder Kevin Pillar extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Zolio Almonte’s three-run home run with one out in the ninth off John Stilson pulled the RailRiders within one. They scored four times off the fifth of six Bisons pitchers used, but the last Herd hurler, Chad Jenkins, recorded the final two outs to earn the save.
The teams close out their four-game series tonight (7 p.m., Radio 1520) as lefty Sean Nolin (1-0, 2.70 ERA) gets the call for Buffalo against the RailRiders’ righty Caleb Cotham (0-1, 5.40).