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Francis sharp in Bisons’ win over Syracuse

SYRACUSE – How about these numbers for veteran left-hander Jeff Francis of the Buffalo Bisons?

Francis improved his record to 5-0 and pitched seven shutout innings in the Herd’s 6-0 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs Tuesday night at NBT Bank Stadium.

Besides adding to his impressive won-lost record, the former Colorado Rockies ace lowered his earned-run average to 1.58. Francis has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts with the Bisons this season. Also, Francis has allowed just one home run and eight walks in 57 innings. He has 54 strikeouts.

In 21 innings over three starts against the Chiefs his ERA is 0.86.

Berti bashes: Recent acquisition Jon Berti made his biggest contribution yet in his nine games with the Herd. Berti drove in the first two runs of the game with a triple in the second inning, then led off the fourth with his first Triple-A home run off Syracuse starter Taylor Hill (3-6), who took the loss.

Streak over: Dalton Pompey went 0 for 4, ending hit his streak at 12 games. After going hitless Monday, Matt Hague was 1 for 5.

Out of here: Miguel Castro, who gave up the winning run in Monday night’s series opener, was traded by Toronto to the Colorado Rockies as part of the deal to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Records: Bisons 54-50, Syracuse 41-64.

Time of game: 2:21. Attendance: 2,569.

Next: Scott Copeland (7-3, 2.17) will start for the Bisons against Stephen Strasburg, down from Washington for a rehab start Wednesday night (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.).