The Rochester Red Wings spotted the Buffalo Bisons a three-run lead early in their contest in Frontier Field on Thursday night. They made up that margin, and then some, the rest of the way.
The Red Wings scored the final six runs of the game to earn the 6-3 victory. Rochester scored one run in the second inning, three runs in the third and two insurance runs in the sixth. The three-run burst to take the lead came on one swing of the bat, as Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his fourth homer of the year.
The Bisons had three of their six hits in the second inning, but were shut down the rest of the way. No Buffalo batter had more than one hit. The Wings also finished the game with six hits, with designated hitter Mitch Garver getting two of them.
Quick start: The Bisons started extremely well in the top of the second inning. Jesus Montero opened with a single, and Chris Colabello and Domonic Brown did the same to plate one run. After A.J. Jiminez struck out, Andy Burns doubled to left to drive in Colabello and Brown, and starter Jason Wheeler (10-4) was on the ropes. But the left-handed pitcher escaped when he got the next two batters to ground out.
Start me up: Jason Berken (0-1) made his first start for the Bisons, and his pitching line was filled when he finished after 5.2 innings. Berken gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits, walked three and struck out four.
Back to level: The loss returned the Bisons to the .500 mark at 63-63. Rochester improved to 68-57.
Next time: Buffalo’s quick trip to Rochester ends Friday (7:05 p.m., TWCSN, Radio 1520 AM). Casey Lawrence (4-4, 3.94) will throw for the Herd, while David Hurlbut (0-1, 6.00) will go for the Red Wings. Buffalo heads to Charlotte for a series starting on Saturday.