Five extra-base hits in the sixth inning helped the Buffalo Bisons take control of a back-and-forth game, defeating the Louisville Bats 9-6 to take the four-game series.
The Bisons did all their damage in the inning, five hits and five runs, before the Bats were able to get a single out. The Herd hit four extra-base hits in a row, including a triple by center fielder Junior Lake.
Six is the lucky number: The Bisons have been a force to be reckoned with in the sixth inning the past two games. Buffalo has gone 9 for 20 for 12 runs in the two sixth innings combined.
"That's our favorite inning," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "You're not going to do it every night, but if you do enough times you never feel like you're out of a game."
WP: Starter Drew Hutchison (5-3) was going very well at the start of the game. He struck out five in a row to end the first and start the second and retired eight in a row following a lead-off double in the first.
Then he started having some trouble in the fourth, when he gave up two runs and ran up the pitch count. He lasted six innings, throwing 101 pitches and giving up three runs on five hits. Huchison will be relied on more now that the Bisons are without Wade LeBlanc, who was traded to Seattle Wednesday.
"Hutch did alright," Allenson said. "He's done better lately. They've got a very good hitting club. They don't strike out very often. They made him pay a couple times on extra base hits."
RBI King: Jesus Montero took back the Bisons' lead in RBIs with three on Wednesday and added two more Thursday. He has 43 on the season.
Records: The Bisons have won three in a row and eight of their last 12 to move to 40-34. The Bats fall below .500 to 36-37.
Counting the House: Attendance at Coca-Cola Field was 6,849.
Up Next: The Bisons head to the road for two series, starting with the Indianapolis Indians on Friday. Scott Diamond (4-7) returns to the mound looking to have a better performance than he did last outing, when he gave up 14 hits and eight runs at Lehigh Valley. He'll face Frank Duncan (4-2), the Pirates 13th round pick in 2014.