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Bisons end offensive slump with 5-3 victory

The Buffalo Bisons broke out of an offensive slump and scored two runs in the eighth inning Monday night to score a 5-3 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

The Bisons had gone four straight games scoring two or fewer runs.

A sacrifice fly by catcher A.J. Jiminez scored Jesus Montero for the go-ahead run in the eighth. A double by David Adams scored Casey Kotchman with the insurance run.

Records: Buffalo improved to 11-13. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 12-13.

Early lead: The Bisons took a 2-0 lead in the second. Junior Lake led off with a walk and scored on a triple to the right-center gap by A.J. Jiminez. It was the first triple of the season for Jiminez, who entered the game batting .172. David Adams followed with a double to the left-field corner to score Jiminez.

The Herd got another run in the third when Andy Burns led off with a double to the right-center gap. He scored when RailRiders second baseman Pete Kozma saw a grounder off the bat of Kotchman go under his glove, even though he was playing deep with two outs.

Starters: Bisons starter Wade LeBlanc, the 31-year-old off to a strong start to the season, lasted five and a third innings and allowed three runs. He struck out seven, walked just one and showed good command. But he gave up a two-run homer to Eddy Rodriguez in the sixth that tied the game, 3-3. … RailRiders starter Luis Cessa gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings.

Tough call: Bisons reliever Dustin Antolin was in a tight spot in the top of the eighth with the go-ahead run on second and a 3-2 count to Rob Refsnyder. Umpire Chris Segal called a pitching-clock violation and gave Refsnyder a base on balls. Pat Venditte came on to get the third out .

No Yank panic: Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Monday he’s not looking to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre for immediate help in solving New York’s early season problems. Seven of the nine regulars for the Yankees (8-15) are batting .250 or worse.

“I would say that the current roster needs to heal itself currently more so than looking at Scranton to heal it,” Cashman told reporters.

Top range: Bisons shortstop Jio Mier saved a run with men on first and second in the first inning by snagging a hard-hit grounder up the middle off the bat of Refsnyder. It was an infield single to load the bases, but the Bisons got the third out to end the threat.

Top Yankees: The RailRiders roster includes two of the top-10 rated prospects in the New York Yankees’ organization, according to Baseball America. Right-fielder Aaron Judge is rated No. 3. Refsnyder, a second baseman and DH, is No. 7. Judge, 24, is 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds. He was a first-round pick in 2013. Refsnyder was a fifth-round pick in 2012.

IL Rankings: The Bisons entered the game 13th out of 14 in the International League in batting with a team average of .230. Durham is last at just .216.

Roster notes: Bisons outfielder Dalton Pompey sat out a fourth straight game with a foot injury. … The RailRiders activated third baseman Deibinson Romero from the seven-day disabled list. Romero, 29, signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees in February after spending last season with Indianapolis.

Counting the house: Paid attendance was 4,298 at Coca-Cola Field. Several hundred were in the stands on a chilly evening.

Up next: The Bisons play host to the RailRiders at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday and 1:05 p.m. Wednesday. Then Syracuse comes to Buffalo for a four-day homestand. The Herd played seven home games and 16 road games in April.

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