Danny Ortiz singled with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night, giving the Rochester Red Wings a 6-5 victory over the Buffalo Bisons before 5,057 at Frontier Field.
It came after Bisons closer Gregory Infante walked Jose Martinez with the bases loaded to allow the tying run to score. It was the first blown save for the usually reliable Infante, who was trying for his sixth save. Buffalo (43-44) failed to climb above .500 for the first time since June 1, when they were 26-25.
Jorge Polanco opened the ninth with a double. James Beresford walked and Oswaldo Arcia singled to fill the bases. Martinez batted after Reynaldo Rodriguez fouled out.
It was the second ninth-inning rally in three nights for the Wings, who defeated Lehigh Valley, 12-10, on Monday when Arcia hit a three-run homer.
Melky Mesa doubled to touch off a five-run sixth-inning explosion that had given Buffalo a 5-2 lead, but the bullpen couldn’t protect it.
Uncle Melky: Matt Hague of the Bisons leads the International League in batting, but no Buffalo bat is hotter right now than Mesa’s. The 28-year-old former New York Yankees property from the Dominican Republic is batting .406 (13 for 32) for his last seven games. Seven of his 13 hits have been for doubles, including his 15th of the season on Wednesday.
Double time: After a season-high seven doubles in Tuesday’s night’s 15-1 rout, the Bisons had four more on Wednesday, all in the sixth inning.
Roster moves: Veteran lefty Jeff Francis got in an inning of work on Tuesday before he went on the temporarily inactive list so he can pitch for Canada in the Pan-Am Games. Also, the Bisons placed outfielder Brad Glenn on the disabled list and promoted infielder Ryan Schimpf from New Hampshire.
Redmond fills in: With Francis unavailable, right-hander Todd Redmond got his second start of the season for Buffalo. He pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and left with a 5-2 lead.
Hague watch: The IL batting leader went 2 for 4 to put his average at .343. Hague needs just 21 more plate appearances to qualify for the league batting title and is 20 points above any other IL hitter.
Next up: The Bisons are 4-2 on their road trip, which ends in Rochester Thursday (7 p.m., Radio 1520). Right-hander Scott Copeland (5-2, 2.11) gets the start for Buffalo against right-hander Tyler Duffey (3-4, 2.44). The Herd opens a three-game home series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.