The Buffalo Bisons kicked off a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights with a 9-3 win Friday night at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C.
Brett Oberholtzer picked up his first win of the season with the Herd, giving up one run on three hits in five innings of work.
Roemon Fields drove in three runs while Jonathan Diaz and Dwight Smith Jr. both drove in two as the Bisons scored five runs with two outs and went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Early lead: The Bisons took a 4-0 lead in the second. Jason Leblebijian started the scoring with an RBI single. Then came the RBI extra-base hits as Diaz had a two-run double and Fields drove in a run a with his seventh double of the year.
Adding on: The Bisons extended their lead to 6-1 in the fourth when Fields added a two-run double and Smith Jr. had a two-out, two-run home run. The lead increased to 9-1 in the seventh when Ian Parmley had an RBI single.
Charlotte rally: The Knights went out swinging, knocking a pair of solo home runs in the ninth. Jacob May and Adam Engel both went long off reliever John Stilson. Stilson struggled in his outing in the ninth, allowing two runs on four hits. He did, however, get all three outs via strikeout.
A punch from Diaz: The infielder extended his hit streak to seven games and he has reached base in 14 of the 17 games he has played since joining the team on April 23. During his hit streak, Diaz has gone 8 for 24 with four doubles, five RBI and five walks.
High yields continue for Fields: So Fields lost his 14-game hit streak on Sunday. He has started a new one with hits in his last four. The outfielder has hits in 17 of his last 18 games going 28 for 66 (.424) with eight extra-base hits and six walks while driving in 13 runs.
Mighty Dwight: Smith Jr. continues to be hot at the plate, extending his hit streak to six games with his two-run homer in the fourth, his second home run over his six-game streak. The outfielder, who made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays and collected his first big-league hit on Wednesday, has driven in seven runs while going 11 for 35 during his most recent hit streak.
First win: Oberholtzer had four strikeouts and one walk in his outing, his first since May 13 when he was placed on the Bisons disabled list. He threw 75 pitches, 49 for strikes. It was his seventh start for the Herd which includes four no-decisions and two losses.
Roster Move: Cathcer Alex Monsalve was placed on the disabled list.
Up next: The series continues on Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. game in Charlotte with the Bisons scheduled to start righty Jarrett Grube against the Knights righthander Chris Volstad. The Bisons have not announced their starter for Sunday’s game but lefty T.J. House is scheduled to close out the series on Monday.
The Herd returns to Buffalo to open a six-game homestand on Tuesday.