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Diamond tosses a gem for Herd against Indians

Scott Diamond shined for the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night, allowing four hits in seven innings of the Herd’s 1-0 victory over Indianapolis.

Diamond struck out four and allowed just one walk, throwing 59 of his 90 pitches for strikes. The left-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 14 starts this season.

The win was the Bisons’ fourth in a row.

The Lone Run: Designated hitter Jesus Montero continued his recent hot streak with a two-out single in the third inning to drive home Jio Mier with the game’s only run. Montero went 2 for 4, and has seven hits and six RBIs in his last three games. The streak has pushed his average to .305, which is sixth in the International League, and gives him 44 RBIs, which ranks third.

Closing the Door: Right-hander Aaron Tepera earned his 11th save of the season – but it didn’t come easy. Tepera loaded the bases in the ninth inning with just one out, but got the final two outs when Indianapolis’ Josh Bell lined into an unassisted double play. Herd shortstop Mier grabbed Bell’s liner, then stepped on second base to force out Pedro Florimon for the final out. Buffalo’s 28 team saves lead the International League.

Hanging Tough: The Bisons improved to three games over .500 on the road at 20-17. Buffalo is now 41-34 on the season, while Indianapolis dropped to 40-34, which leads the IL West.

Slowing Down: Melky Mesa went 0 for 3 and struck out twice for the Herd, slowing his hot streak since being promoted from New Hampshire (AA) on Monday. Mesa entered the game 5 for 10 (.500) with a double, three RBIs, two walks and a .583 on-base percentage. He hit .215 with 26 extra-base hits in 61 games with the Herd last season.

Up Next: The Herd is scheduled to send righty Roberto Hernandez (3-3, 4.48) to the mound against righty Chad Kuhl (6-2, 2.58) when the series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. John Anderson (1-1, 6.00) is Buffalo’s scheduled starter for Sunday’s series finale. The Indians’ pitcher for Sunday is undetermined.