Buffalo Bisons first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Friday to propel the Herd to a 6-5 victory against the Durham Bulls at Coca-Cola Field.
The dramatic finish relieved the Bisons of previous demons, as the team blew an early lead for a second straight night.
Buffalo had a comfortable 4-0 advantage after four innings. Jonathan Davis was responsible for the first two runs, hitting an RBI double in the first and stealing home in the third.
Durham swung the tide in the fifth, as the Bulls scored all five of their runs in the frame.
Nick Ciuffo and Willy Adames each knocked in a run, setting up Brandon Lowe for a three-run, go-ahead home run to right field.
Unlike Thursday, the Bisons got the last laugh. Davis knocked the tying run home with one out in the ninth. Two batters later, Tellez hit a fly ball to center field with the bases loaded, sending Dalton Pompey home from third and ending the game.
Bisons starting pitcher Chris Rowley was only on the hook for one of the five runs, pushing his ERA down to 3.30. Murphy Smith allowed one hit in two innings of relief.
Points of interest: The Bisons were 1-36 while trailing after eight innings entering Friday’s contest. ... This was their third walk-off victory of the season, with the most recent coming on May 31.
Noteworthy: Third baseman Gift Ngoepe was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday prior to Friday’s action. Second baseman Gunnar Heidt was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire in a corresponding move.
Next: Buffalo righty Brandon Cumpton (2-0, 1.13) is expected to face Durham righty Forrest Snow (5-5, 3.72) when the Bisons celebrate Dino Night Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. First pitch is set for 6:05 for the third game in the four-game series with the Bulls.