The merry-go-round was in full effect as the first five Buffalo Bisons that came to the plate in the seventh inning reached safely.
Three of the five came around to score in Buffalo’s seventh inning rally as the Bisons defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I., to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Matt Hague was walked with the bases loaded for the inning’s first run. Alex Hassan followed with a two-out, two-run double to score Ty Kelly and Andy Burns.
Buffalo moves to 68-75 and 13-20 in shutouts.
Putting the team on his back: Alex Hassan went 4 for 5 with a double and four RBIs for the Herd. He entered the game with a two-game hitting streak.
Pitchers of record: Todd Redmond tossed six shutout innings, allowing seven hits, walking two and striking out three to move to 3-7. The win snapped his three-start losing streak. Rich Hill of the Red Sox was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in six innings while striking out five. Hill fell to 5-4.
Three-run fifth inning: Burns’ two-out RBI single brought in Jon Berti to open the inning’s scoring. After Hague was hit by a pitch to fill the bases, Hassan followed with a two-run single to give the Bisons a 4-0 lead.
Burns’ big day: Burns went 4 for 5 (all singles) with two runs and an RBI for the Herd.
The long ball: Buffalo got on the board first with a solo home run by Ryan Schimpf in the second inning. It was Schimpf’s third homer of the season.
Pitching out of trouble: Redmond got Luis Martinez to fly out to Melky Mesa with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth to keep Buffalo’s lead at 4-0.
Ducks on the pond: Pawtucket left nine runners on base and went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
Hague watch: Hague remains five hits behind Jhonny Peralta for the Bisons’ modern era hit record in a season after going 0 for 2 with a hit by pitch and walk. Hague leads the International League with 176 hits. He has one more game this season.
Up next: The Bisons close the season by sending Marcus Stroman to the mound for a rehab start for a 1:05 Labor Day Monday game. Pawtucket will start William Cuevas (2-2, 2.83 ERA).