The pitching for both the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings was excellent for seven innings on Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. Then came the eighth.
Rochester scored five runs in the bottom of that inning, and that proved crucial to a 6-3 win before 4,017.
Buffalo’s Ryan Tepera was the major victim of the outburst. Jorge Polanco and Renaldo Rodriguez started the eighth with singles. Tepera made a nice play to thwart a sacrifice bunt attempt, firing to third in time to complete a force play on Polanco.
But David Murphy followed with a single to center to drive in Rodriguez. Three batters later with the bases loaded, Wilfredo Tovar drove in two runs with an infield single. James Beresford then tripled to left field, driving in two more runs.
Solid starts: The Bisons could not have asked Scott Diamond to do more. The starter went six innings without giving up a run, allowing only five hits and striking out six. It was his second good start against the Red Wings in the past week and a half.
Pat Dean was almost as good for Rochester. He allowed only one run on four hits in seven innings. Both Diamond and Dean earned a no-decision for their work.
Late rally: The Bisons tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning. Jesus Montero singled and Matt Dominguez walked. Two outs later, David Adams singled home two runs. But relief pitcher J.R. Graham grabbed a ball hit by Alexi Casilla, and that wrapped up the game.
Still slugging: Montero had two hits to raise his batting average for the season to .338. That includes a nine-game hitting streak.
Records: Buffalo fell to 8-10, a half-game ahead of Rochester’s 7-10 ledger.
Shuffle back to Buffalo: It was quite a weekend for Chad Girodo. He was recalled on Friday night by the Toronto Blue Jays, and pitched two scoreless innings. But then it was back down to Buffalo as Drew Hutchison was summoned to start for the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Rest time: The teams have a rare day off on Monday. They will resume the home-and-home series with three contests at Coca-Cola Field. The first will be on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m.