The Syracuse Chiefs used a seven-run eighth inning to break a tie game and earn a 14-6 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field Thursday night.
The Bisons found themselves in an early 4-0 hole but battled back to take a 5-4 lead thanks to a two hit, four-RBI night from Junior Lake.
But the bullpen sputtered. The Chiefs tied the game in the seventh then brought 11 hitters to the plate in the eighth, scoring eight runs -- all with two outs. That gave Syracuse a 12-5 lead with the Chiefs tacking on two runs in the ninth.
Rally: With two outs the Herd got back-to-back singles from Jio Mier and Alexi Casilla. A single from Andy Burns scored Mier but a groundout by Domonic Brown ended the game.
Most runs allowed: It was the most runs the Bisons have allowed at home since losing 15-1 to Pawtucket on April 11, 2012.
Inauspicious start: It was the fifth start of the season for Drew Hutchison for the Bisons but his first at Coca-Cola Field. It wasn't the home debut he was hoping for. He gave up two solo home runs in the first inning -- one to Brian Goodwin and one to Matt Skole. He gave up a hit and walk in the second before Trea Turner's double off the left field wall scored two runs putting the Bisons in a 4-0 hole.
With one swing: The Herd got back in the game in one fell swoop, or one big cut from outfielder Junior Lake. Jesus Montero got on via a hit by pitch and Matt Dominguez drew a walk. Lake got the first hit of the day for the Herd -- a towering home run to center, just to the right of 404 mark -- to score three runs and cut the Chief's lead to 4-3 in the second.
Defensive heads up: In the fifth, Isaac Ballou walked then went to second on a single from Turner, but Lake, playing centerfield, bobbled the ball. Ballou hesitated before trying to take third. Lake's throw was in time and Ballou was out.
Double up for Burns: Andy Burns hit his ninth double of the season to to drive in a run in the fifth and tie the game, 4-4. Burns was tied for the International League in doubles this season.
Big day for Lake: Lake had his most productive day at the plate for the Bisons, going 3 for 4 and driving in four runs. He gave the Herd a brief 5-4 lead with an RBI single in the sixth.
Syracuse response: The Chiefs answered in the seventh when Trea Turner had a two-out double and scored on a single from Brian Goodman, knotting the game, 5-5.
More on Hutch: It took Hutchison 50 pitches to get out of the first two innings. He finished throwing 103 pitches over five innings. He gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Pitching prospect: Syracuse starter Austin Voth is ranked as the ninth best prospect in the Washington Nationals' organization. He went six innings giving up five run son six hits with two walks, three strike outs and one hit batter.
Hitting prospect: Turner, the No. 2 rated prospected in the Nationals' organization, went 3 for 4, drove in two runs and scored one.
Roster moves: Infielder Matt Dominguez returned to the Bisons lineup after a short stint with the Blue Jays while reliever Colt Hynes was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. Infielder Jon Berti was transferred back to New Hampshire while reliever Bobby Korecky was activated off the disabled list.
Counting the house: The official paid attendance was 4,312.
Up next: The series continues Friday at 6:05 p.m. Lefty Scott Diamond (2-2, 2.83) is scheduled to start against lefty Aaron Laffey (2-0, 2.00).