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Streaking Herd take fifth straight

The Buffalo Bisons continued two streaks Saturday night with their 4-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians before 14,828 people at Liberty Field in Indianapolis.

It was the fifth win in a row for the Bisons, matching their longest of the season and second straight shutout, extending their scoreless pitching streak to 20 innings.

This time it was veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez and three relievers who blanked Indy, following Friday’s 1-0 win behind lefty Scott Diamond and reliever Ryan Tepera.

Hernandez allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings in his second straight strong outing. It followed his longest stint of the season (7∏ innings) Monday in a 4-1 loss at home to Louisville. This time he allowed no runs for the first time in his last nine starts.

Stuck in neutral: Amazingly, the Bisons have played .645 ball (31-17) in the last 49 days and still are mired in fourth place in the hotly-contested North Division of the International League, where only the sixth-place Syracuse Chiefs are playing below .400.

Jumping ahead: The Herd took the lead with two unearned runs in the third inning. With two outs Alexi Casilla reached on a throwing error by Indy second baseman Alen Hanson. A walk to Domonic Brown and RBI singles by Matt Dominquez and Jesus Montero followed. Montero’s RBI was his team-leading 45th of the season. He went into the game ranked third in the IL in that department.

Adding some insurance: The other Bisons’ runs came on a home run by Davis Adams after a one-out single by Darrell Ceciliani. It was Ceciliani’s first game back after he was sent down by Toronto, and the Blue Jays selected the contract of outfielder Junior Lake.

Down on the farm: Brett Cecil, down on a rehab assignment from Toronto, pitched the scoreless seventh with the help of a double play. Pat Venditte worked the eighth and Dustin Antolin closed it out.

Next up: The teams will wrap up their series Sunday (Radio 1520, 1:35 p.m.) with lefty John Anderson (1-1, 6.00) the starter for Buffalo. The Indians have not named their starter yet.