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Quick hits: Bisons 5, Lehigh Valley 3

The Coca-Cola Field nightmare is over.

All right, so it was that bad. But the Buffalo Bisons did break a six-game home losing skid with a 5-3 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Sunday afternoon.

Domonic Brown had a two-run single in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and give the Herd the lead. Ryan Tepera pitched a clean ninth to pick up his 13th save.

"To get a key hit late like that especially on the last day before the All-Star break, he probably got a few kisses in there because I know some guys have 6 o'clock flights," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said of Brown's game-winning hit.  "Pitching, hitting and defense. Imagine that. If you get two of those three you're in the game if you get all three you're going to win."

Standings: The win combined with a loss by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre puts the Herd six games back of the International League North Division leaders heading into the Triple-A All Star break. The Bisons move to 50-41 overall. Scranton is 56-35. Lehigh Valley, in second in the division, is 52-39.

"They're all important right now," Allenson said. "We need to show clubs like Lehigh and Scranton and Rochester that we're as good if not better than them. It's time to be competitive every night, be in the game and get key hits."

Long ball: It was the first time this season, the Bisons hit three home runs in one game. They call came on solo shots -- one from Darrell Ceciliani and two monster shots by Jesus Montero. Lehigh Valley added a solo home run from Taylor Featherston.

Hot bat: Darrell Ceciliani hit his fifth home run of the year -- a solo shot to right field -- to give the Herd a 1-0 lead in the second. The outfielder has hit in 13 of his last 16 games.

Web gems: The Bisons turned three double plays in the game.

Scoring first: The Bisons hare now 34-7 when scoring first. Which is good. Only thing is that means the Herd has only scored first in 41 of their 91 games this season.

Leading after eight: The Bisons held on for their 41st win when leading after eight innings. They are 41-3 when they have the lead going into the ninth frame.

Counting the house: There were 8,208 at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

Up next: It's time for the Triple-A All-Star Break. The game in Charlotte featuring three Bisons -- DH Jesus Montero and pitchers Dustin Antolin and Ben Rowen -- will be broadcast on the MLB Network at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Herd returns to action July 14 at Lehigh Valley. Their next home game is July 18 vs. Norfolk.

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