A three-RBI Andy Burns home run off the screen changed the tone for the Buffalo Bisons in a 9-3 victory against the Indianapolis Indians Tuesday.
It was the start of a scoring clinic from Buffalo, a jarring change from the pitchers duel the game was through five innings. All either starter had given up was a solo shot each, with Indians' pitcher Steven Brault holding the Bisons to 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Burns' homer, a home run by A.J. Jimenez, a two-RBI single by Junior Lake and RBI singles by Matt Dominguez, Jesus Montero and Lake gave the Bisons a 4-0 season series lead against the Indians. The win clinches Buffalo's first victory in the season series since 2004.
Bad start: Indianapolis' Pedro Florimon started the game off with a bang, leading off with a solo home run to left field. It was the first of three home runs between the teams today, but wasn't a sign of things to come from pitcher Scott Copeland. He lasted six innings, giving up three hits and only the one earned run.
Big night: Montero had four hits, moving his batting average to .312.
Seeing Double: Ryan Goins and Domonic Brown hit into double plays in the first and fourth innings, respectively. They are the latest victims of a pattern that has hit Buffalo hard. The double plays are the Bisons' 130th and 131st of the season, which leads the International League.
Look out: Goins got all of the ball in his second at bat, hitting a bullet right back to Brault. The lefty made the catch in self defense, ducking down while holding his glove above his head.
Finding his game: Chris Colabello has had a rocky stint in Buffalo since returning from suspension, but he has strung together hits in two straight games. Before that he went six games without a hit, going 0 for 18 over that stretch.
Attendance: 7,377 people were in watched the game at Coca-Cola Field.
Up Next: Buffalo plays the second game of its three-game series with Indianapolis Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Lefty Scott Diamond (7-11, 3.67 ERA) goes for the Herd against righty Trevor Williams (7-5, 2.98 ERA).