The Buffalo Bisons walked out of Victory Field on Sunday with a three-game sweep of the Indianapolis Indians for the first time since 2003.
The Bisons sprayed 15 hits around the Indianapolis ball park and turned a game-saving double play in the bottom of the eighth inning as they stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games, 5-3, before 9,451 fans in 92-degree weather.
Buffalo has now won 32 of 49 games since May 6, a .653 pace. Despite that, the Bisons remain in fourth place in the North Division of the International League. However, they now are only two games out of first place. Rochester, which lost to Louisville, 7-4, on Sunday and fell into a tie for the division lead with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a 9-3 winner over Pawtucket.
Herd comes back: Indy took a 2-0 lead when Max Moroff homered with a man on against Bisons starter John Anderson in the first. The Bisons had five hits in the third, scoring three times to take the lead. The inning included a double off the wall in right center by Darrell Cecilliani, who was 3 for 4.
Winning rally: After Indy had tied the game at 3-3 against Anderson in the fifth, the Bisons went ahead to stay in the eighth. Matt Dominguez led off by beating the shift with a single to right, then stole his first base of the season. He came home on Andy Burns’ double to the left-field corner. Melky Mesa singled to send home the insurance run.
Bullpen doings: Franklin Morales, on a rehab assignment from Toronto, pitched one perfect inning, the seventh, to pick up the win. Ben Rowen took over in the eighth and extended his streak to 17 scoreless appearances, but needed help. He left with the bases loaded in the eighth after giving up two walks and a single to the four batters he faced. Danny Barnes got speedster Gift Ngoepe to ground into a 6-4-3 to end the threat. Barnes then set down the side in order in the ninth to earn his first save with the Herd.
Roster moves: Reliever Bo Schultz was recalled by the Blue Jays and the Bisons activated right-hander Chad Jenkins.
Next up: The Bisons, who are 14-5 against the IL West move on to for three night games against the Bats in Louisville. Chris Leroux (5-4, 3.31) gets the start Monday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) against Homer Bailey (0-0, 4.91) of the Bats.