COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's rare these days when the Buffalo Bisons hit home runs. They hit two Tuesday night in in a rare offensive explosion and defeated the Columbus Clippers, 10-4, before 8,390 at Huntington Park.
Mike Ohlman and Raffy Lopez, the Bisons' team leaders in home runs, each his his 10th of the season to lead the victory. Only three Buffalo batters have hit home runs this month -- Lopez, Ohlman and Jon Berti. Only Lopez has more than one. Ohlman's blast was his first since June 10 at Pawtucket. The Bisons' have hit only 51 homers, last in the International League.
The Herd's second straight victory in this series improved their record to 5-0 against Columbus this season. The Bisons have won 11 of the last 12 games agaisnt the Clippers. It was the first time they won two in a row since June 14-15.
Double-digits: The Bisons scored 10 or more runs for the fourth time this season. It was the most they've scored since a 10-5 home victory over Charlotte on June 4. That was 42 games ago.
Full house: Bisons starter T.J. House left after the fifth inning and turned a 10-2 lead over to the bullpen. Tim Mayza (two innings) and Matt Dermoty and Wil Browning (one inning each) closed it out, although Dermody gave up a two-run homer to Clippers slugger Richie Shafer with a man on in the eighth inning. It was Shaffer's 20th of the season.
Berti blast off: The Bisons second baseman tripled with one out in the first inning and scored on a infield grounder by Rowdy Tellez to put the Bisons in front to stay.
Long ball: Ohlman's three-run homer made it 7-0 in the third inning and Lopez hit one with two aboard in the fourth to make it 10-1. It was his second HR in two games.
Pompey gone: Outfielder Dalton Pompey, who had been on a rehab assigment from Toronto, was placed back on the Blue Jays' disabled list, ending his rehab for now.
Saunders awakens: Michael Saunders had two doubles in five at-bats Tuesday, raising his batting average to .145. The Bisons, who are last in the I.L. in team batting, had 12 hits. Lopez, Ohlman and Gregorio Petit also had two hits each for Buffalo.
Next up: The Bisons will close out the season series with the Clippers tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Cesar Valdez is scheduled to start for the Bisons against left-hander Shawn Morimando of the Clips. Then the Bisons move on to Louisville for a four-game series against the Bats.