The Syracuse Chiefs didn’t make many mistakes Saturday, but when they did, the Buffalo Bisons made sure they paid for it.
Sean Ochinko’s two-run double in the 11th inning gave the Bisons a 5-3 victory over the Chiefs. Andy Burns, who scored the game-winning run, reached on a one-out error by Rick Hague. Daric Barton was then intentionally walked before Ochinko lined the game-winner to right field.
Felix Doubront was about as effective as it gets through five innings. Then he wasn’t.
The lefty threw just 51 pitches, including 37 strikes, through five innings and retired his last 11 batters entering the sixth. But Doubront threw 32 pitches in the sixth alone as he walked two and allowed two hits, including a bases-clearing, three-RBI double to Kevin Keyes.
Caleb Gindl opened the scoring with his second home run of the season in the fourth inning to give the Herd a 1-0 lead. Matt Hague’s RBI single in the sixth made it 2-0 and Hague later scored when Burns beat the throw to first to avoid an inning-ending double play.
Stop one streak, start another: Doubront entered Saturday with a three-game losing streak after four no-decisions to open the season. With the victory, the Bisons won consecutive games for just the third time in June. The Herd improve to 9-11 this month.
Burns, baby, Burns: Andrew Burns is making the most of the month of June. Burns, who has batted over .300 for the majority to the season, has hits in 15 of 18 games he played in June. He has more multi-hit games (four) than hitless ones (three).
Pitchers of record: Chad Jenkins (5-2) recorded a strikeout and allowed a single but then induced an inning-ending double play in the 10th inning and recorded the win. Evan Meek (2-4) recorded the loss. Bobby Korecky came on and pitched a perfect 11th to record his fifth save of the season. Doubront (0-3) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with eighth strikeouts in seven innings. He now has five no-decisions this season and a 2.85 ERA.
Records: Buffalo 34-36, Syracuse 23-46.
Up next: The Bisons close out a seven-game road trip Sunday against Syracuse at 1:05 p.m. (Radio 1520 AM). Jeff Francis (2-0, 2.67 ERA) is expected to start for Buffalo against Taylor Jordan (2-3, 3.20 ERA). The Herd are off Monday but return home to begin a three-game series with the IronPigs starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.