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Fourth is with Herd in rout of Bulls

The Buffalo Bisons busted open their offense in the fourth inning for a 6-2 win over the Durham Bulls at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night.

The Herd scored six runs in the fourth inning to win their second straight.

Explosive fourth: The Bisons scored five runs before an out was recorded. Dalton Pompey started the inning with a walk and then the Bisons belted out five straight hits including doubles from Brad Glenn and Melky Mesa. In his second at-bat of the inning, Pompey added an RBI single.

Batting around: The fourth inning was the first time the Bisons batted around this season. In all the Herd sent 11 players to the plate.

Unearned runs: Miscues came back to hurt the Bisons in the third. An error by first baseman Brad Glenn and a hit batter by reliever Todd Redmond put runners on first and second. Those runners scored on a two-out double to right from Corey Brown.

Late-inning drama: A walk, a double and a walk loaded the bases for Durham with one out in the eighth. Colt Hynes came in and got Allan Dykstra to ground into a double play and quickly end the drama.

Hitting streak: Matt Hague’s hitting streak extended to 13 games with an RBI single in the fourth. It’s the longest active streak in the International League and the 13 games ties the longest hit streak in the IL this year. Earlier this year James Beresford (Rochester) and Carols Sanchez (Charlotte) also had 13-game hit streaks.

Where have all the home runs gone? The Bisons have not hit a home run in 585 at-bats, a stretch that goes back to April 25. There is only one player on the Herd’s current roster that has a Triple-A homer this year – Matt Hague. The Bisons were inches away from breaking that streak in the fourth when Brad Glenn’s blast to left hit the top of the padding. Instead, it was a two-run double.

Piggy-back: For the second time in the rotation, Miguel Castro got the start for the Bisons but was relieved quickly by Todd Redmond in a piggyback start. Castro, who started the season as a closer with the Blue Jays, is getting slowly stretched out to pitch a starter’s length game. Tuesday, he pitched into the third, throwing 43 pitches. He didn’t give up a hit, but was tagged for a run, while walking three and striking out three. Redmond pitched five innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits.

Ticket exchange: Fans who braved the elements on Tuesday night can exchange their used ticket stub to gain admittance to Wednesday’s or Thursday’s games. Fans can exchange used tickets at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office.

Pitchers of record: Todd Redmond (1-1) picked up the win, giving up one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out three and issued no walks, but hit two batters. Everett Teaford (2-2) took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits in 3∏ innings.

Time of game: 2:35.

Paid attendance: 4,342.

Records: The Bisons are 17-15. Durham is 19-14.

Next up: The series concludes at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. Scott Copeland (2-1, 1.74 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against Matt Buschmann (2-2, 3.93). The Herd then opens a four-game series with Toledo to continue the homestand on Thursday.