Lehigh Valley scored in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 6-5 win over the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., in the first of the Herd’s seven-game road trip.
A sacrifice fly to right field by Dean Anna scored pinch runner Roman Quinn from third base for the walk-off win.
It had been a breakout offensive game for Rowdy Tellez who had his first multi-RBI game of the season. Tellez singled on a sharp line drive to right field in the third inning to score Devon Travis from second base. Then Tellez belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that tied the game, 5-5.
Lehigh Valley took a 2-0 lead off a two-homer from Mitch Walding in the first. The Herd crept back in and first tied the game, 3-3, on a sacrifice by Jason Leblebijian in the third. Lehigh Valley pulled ahead, 5-3,on a two-run double by Logan Moore in the fourth.
The Bisons had a chance in the ninth as Darnell Sweeney had a one-out double and moved to third on a ground out by Danny Jansen. Tellez drew a walk to put runners on the corners but Leblebijian lined out to second baseman to end the threat.
Point of interest: The home run by Tellez was just the second homer in May for the Bisons after the club hit 14 in April.
Noteworthy: Tellez finished the game 2 for 3 and drew two walks. ... The Bisons scored their first run of the game when Leblebijian scored from third on a passed ball. ... Jansen went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. ... The Bisons were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. ... Roemon Fields stole his seventh base of the season. ... Bisons starter Chris Rowley gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits (including two homers) in six innings of work. ... Reliever Carlos Ramirez (0-1) took the loss giving up the run in the ninth.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Lehigh Valley as lefty Ryan Borucki (2-3, 4.39 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Herd against righty Jake Waguespack (0-3, 7.62).
The teams play Saturday and Sunday before the Bisons travel to Pawtucket for a three-game series.