A three-run home run from Melky Mesa gave the Buffalo Bisons their third walk-off win at Coca-Cola Field.
The homer capped the ninth-inning rally for the Herd, giving the Bisons a 5-4 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
The rally: Trailing by two, the Bisons had back-to-back base hits by Alex Hassan and Ryan Schimpf to start the ninth, advancing on a sacrifice bunt from Jonathan Diaz. After a ground out by Munenori Kawasaki, Mesa stepped to the plate for the two-out, three-run home run.
The early damage: Randy Wolf retired the first nine batters before running into trouble in the fourth. He gave up five singles, including a bases-loaded hit to Greg Bird and a two-run hit to Austin Romine.
One run, no hits: The Bisons got a run back in the fourth without a hit. Matt Hague led off getting hit by a pitch and Luke Scott walked. While Sean Ochinko grounded into a double play, Hague moved to third and then scored on a wild pitch.
Clutch hitting: Jonathan Diaz had a two-out RBI single up the middle in the seventh, cutting the Bisons’ deficit to 4-2.
Baserunning blunder: The Bisons had a rally stalled in the eighth. Trailing by two, Andy Burns and Hague were on base with one out. Burns started to break for third on a stolen base attempt, but was caught in a rundown. Hague advanced to second on the play, but Ochinko flew out to center to end the inning.
Pitchers of record: Bobby Korecky took the win to improve to 3-4 and Nick Rumbelow took the loss to fall to 2-2.
Time of game: 2:26.
Paid attendance: 12,214.
Records: The Bisons are 44-45. Scranton is 47-43.
Next up: The series continues Saturday at 7:05 p.m. with lefty Matt Boyd (2-1, 2.37) scheduled to start for the Bisons with Scranton starting righty Diego Moreno (3-0, 2.34). The last game before the Triple-A All-Star Break is Sunday (1:05 p.m.) with lefty Daniel Norris to get the start.
Blue Jays Weekend: For the third straight year, the Bisons are hosting a “Blue Jays Weekend” to celebrate the affiliation. Former Jays Mookie Wilson and Cecil Fielder will be signing autographs by the Washington Street Gate on Saturday for an hour starting in the second inning and from 12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday. Giveaways at the Swan Street Entrance will be duffle bags (Saturday) and a youth replica jersey (Sunday) with in-game giveaways including autographed baseballs and Toronto Blue Jays tickets.