TOLEDO, Ohio -- After a game-saving throw from left field the night before, Teoscar Hernandez had a breakthrough at the plate Sunday for the Buffalo Bisons.
Hernandez, a recent acquisition from the Houston Astros organization, hit a grand slam homer, the big hit in Buffalo's seven-running Sunday night. It led to a 10-4 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field.
The 24-year-old right-hand hitting outfielder was obtained from Houston as part of the trade that sent veteran pitcher Francisco Liriano to the Astros two weeks ago. Hecame into Sunday's game batting .088 with three hits in his first 34 at-bats and no home runs. In fact it was only the third homer in 13 August game for Buffalo.
The seven-run frame equaled the Bisons' high for the season, Buffalo also scored seven runs in a 12-7 win at Charlotte on May 27. Later in Sunday's game Hernandez doubledto drive in a run in the fifth inning. Lefty Josh Turley of the Mud Hens was the victim of the Bisons' big inning. Turley lasted five innings and gave up nine runs, all earned, eight hits and three walks.
The Bisons had five hits, two doubles, two singles and two walks, plus Hernandez's homer in their seven-run inning. Buffalo had single runs in the first fifth and sixth innings.
House call: Winning pitcher T.J. House pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his team-high 23 starts for Buffalo. He left in favor of Wil Browning with one on and two out in the eighth. House threw a season-high 112 pitches, 65 for strikes. He allowed three hits and four walks and struck out six. The only run against him until the eighth was a solo homer by Omar Infante to lead off the bottom of the first. House was charged with another run after he left the game when Jeimer Candelario doubled off Browning to drive in Infante, who had walked.
Browning gave up five of Toledo's eight hits and the Mud Hens' last two runs.
Rowdy at No. 12: Bisons first baseman Rowdy Tellez doubled in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 12 games.
Buffalo completed its season series against Toledo with a 5-2 record. The Bisons are 15-8 against the International League's West Division and 39-59 against the rest of the league. They will complete their games against the West when the Indianapolis Indians come to Coca-Cola Field for three games starting Tuesday night.
Attendance: A crowd of 9,527 saw the game on a partly cloudy night in Toledo.
Up next: The Herd will have an off day on Monday after the return from Toledo before the Indianapolis series. Luis Santos (3-10, 3.95) is scheduled to start the series opener for the Bisons against former Bisons right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-8, 3.73).