The Buffalo Bisons continued their winning ways as Rowdy Tellez embraced the role of game-day hero Monday night as the Herd defeated Syracuse, 8-5, at Coca-Cola Field.
Tellez’s homer to left with two out in the bottom of the seventh broke a 5-5 tie. The Herd tacked on two more runs after that as they stretched their winning streak to five in row.
Tellez went 2 for 3 hitting in the No. 3 spot in the order and finished with three RBIs. He drove in the Bisons’ first with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first.
Noteworthy: The lefty-hitting Tellez got behind 0-2 but hung in there against Syracuse pitcher Austin Adams in the seventh. Tellez fouled off two pitches before getting a fastball he wound up driving over the wall.
Danny Jansen got hit by a pitch after the homer, but wound up scoring after that on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s double.
The Herd tacked on a run in the eighth as Jason Leblebijian hit his fifth homer of the season.
Runs, runs, runs: If anyone showed up after the second inning, you missed some offense as the teams combined for nine runs with the Herd taking a 5-4 lead. The Bisons scored three times in the second with Tim Lopes belting a two-run triple. Tellez’s grounder drove in another run. The Herd’s two-run first inning was highlighted by a double steal with Lopes swiping home to tie the game.
Points of interest: Dusty Isaacs earned the win in his Triple-A debut for Buffalo. The righty tossed two shutout innings in relief of starter Chris Rowley, who yielded four earned runs over six innings.
Next: The four-game series continues with righty Luis Santos (1-0, 1.72 ERA) getting the call for the Herd against Chiefs lefty Tommy Milone (2-3, 6.31).