INDIANAPOLIS -- If only the Bisons can get past the fourth inning.
For the second game in a row the Indianapolis Indians struck for four runs in the fourth inning and went on to a second straight victory over Buffalo, 5-3, Tuesday night before 6,155 at Victory Field.
The Bisons have been a daring team on the bases all season. They lead the International League in stolen bases. Tuesday, however, it might have cost them. The Herd stole two more in the loss, but had a pair of would-be stealers gunned down and another runner thrown out trying to stretch a double.
Buffalo was leading 2-0 before the Indians struck for four runs in the fourth. All the runs came after two were out. Danny Ortiz, who had doubled, scored on a two-out single by Jacob Stallings against Bisons starter T.J. House. A single by Kevin Newman and a walk filled the bases and Jordan Luplow drove in two runs with a sharp ground single to center. Edwin Espinal followed with another RBI single to make it 4-2.
Luplow's the man: Besides his clutch two-run single in the Indy fourth, the Indians right fielder led off the seventh with a homer to right field, his sixth of the season.
Could have been: The Bisons threatened with two out in the ninth, but with a run in and two on base Indy closer Dan Runzler struck out Rowdy Tellez, who was 2-3 with an RBI. The Bisons were on the ropes all game. Indy left a runner on base in each inning except the fifth and eighth.
Berti starts it: Jon Berti started Buffalo's two-run third by drawing a one-out walk, He stole second (No. 17 for him this season) took third on Michael Saunder's line single to center and came home on a squeeze bunt by Gregorio Petit. Rowdy Tellez followed with an RBI single to left.
House warming: The Bisons lefty lasted until the sixth before he was relieved by John Stilson. By then House had thrown 110 pitches. He had four walks, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Up next: The Bisons and Indians will wrap up their season series with a 1:35 p.m. game today. Nick Tepesch was scheduled to start for Buffalo against former Bisons right-hander Drew Hutchison but he will pitch for Toronto against the Yankees instead. Buffalo is 0-2 against the Tribe this season after going 5-1 against Indy in 2016. The Herd will move on to Toledo to start a four-game series on Thursday night.