The Buffalo Bisons scored all the runs they needed in the first inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field.
Daniel Norris finally got run support to go along with a solid outing, giving the lefty his third win with the Herd.
The Bisons have won three of their last four games and remain three games back of Rochester in the International League North Division pennant race.
In the big inning: The Bisons scored four in the first, taking advantage of a walk and an error. Matt Hague had an RBI single and Caleb Gindl a two-run triple. Gindl scored on an error by shortstop Trea Turner.
Chiefs rally: Trailing, 4-2, Syracuse got some hits off Bisons reliever Bobby Korecky. Jason Martinson had a two-out solo home run to center field. A single by Kevin Keyes and a double from Chris Nelson put runners on second and third but Ricky Hague flew out to shallow center to end the game.
MattVP: Matt Hague continues his consistency, notching his 40th multi-hit game this season with two singles.
Pair of triples: Of the Bisons’ four hits, two were triples. Gindl hit his second three-bagger of the year in the first while Dalton Pompey had his second of the season in the second.
Pompey’s return: Since returning to the Bisons on July 17, Pompey is hitting .375 (9 for 24) with a double, triple, two runs batted in and five runs scored. He has also drawn five walks.
MLB Rehab: Jayson Werth continued his rehab stint with Syracuse. He was the designated hitter for the Chiefs, getting a hit in his first at-bat but finished 1 for 5.
Roster moves: The Bisons activated pitcher Andrew Albers from the temporary inactive list (where he was placed in order to pitch for Canada at the Pan-Am Games) and released Joel Pineiro, who was 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in four appearances and two starts for the Herd. The Blue Jays also claimed Ty Kelley off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned him to Buffalo. Toronto also signed pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract, but announced he will first report to the Blue Jays minor league facility in Florida.
Pitchers of record: Daniel Norris (3-10) got the win giving up two runs on eight hits in 5∑ innings. Taylor Hill (3-5) took the loss although only two of his four runs were earned. Hill struck out five.
Time of game: 2:44.
Paid attendance: 8,690.
Records: The Bisons are 49-49. Syracuse is 39-60.
Next up: The series and homestand concludes at 1:05 p.m. Thursday with righty Scott Copeland (6-3, 2.38) scheduled to start for the Bisons with Syracuse starting righty A.J. Cole (1-4, 3.90). The Bisons then have a seven-day road trip (three games in Pawtucket, four in Syracuse).