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Bisons close out homestand with win over Durham

The Buffalo Bisons escaped a ninth-inning comeback attempt by the Durham Bulls Sunday afternoon to wrap up their homestand with a 5-3 win at Coca-Cola Field.

The steady rain that plagued the region Saturday night into Sunday ended just in time for the game, with the tarp coming off early Sunday morning.

Sean Reid-Foley got the start on the mound for the Bisons, and he led the Herd through three consecutive one-two-three innings. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth.

Tim Lopes got the scoring party started for the Bisons in the first inning when he hit a double on a ground ball. Two batters later, Rowdy Tellez hit a single to left field to bring in Lopes for the Bisons' first run of the game.

The Bulls pulled starting pitcher Ryan Weber at the start of the third inning in favor of Jake Faria. The change didn't provide the Bulls' any relief, however, as the first batter he faced was Danny Jansen. Jansen hit a solo home run to left field on the second pitch to give the Bisons a 2-0 lead.

Reid-Foley allowed his first hit in the top of the fourth, a single by Kean Wong. But the Bulls were unable to gain any momentum, and the next two batters were unable to get a hit. The Bisons' defense was able to close out the inning without allowing a run.

The fourth inning was a big one for the Bisons' offense, as they scored three of their five runs. Gunnar Heidt got to first base via a walk and second base via a sacrifice bunt by Roemon Fields to put him in scoring position. A single by Dalton Pompey brought in Heidt for the Bisons third run and Jansen hit his second home run to bring in the Bisons' fourth and fifth runs.

Things were quiet until the ninth inning, where the Bulls attempted a late-game comeback. Wong reached base on a fielding error by Bisons third baseman Gio Urshela, and Brandon Lowe later doubled to left field to bring Urshela to third. A single by Christian Arroyo brought in Wong and Lowe gave the Bulls their first two runs of the game, and a triple by Brandon Snyder brought in Arroyo for their third run.

The Bulls were now within two runs with only one out. Their comeback fell short though, as Rob Refsnyder struck out swinging and Jason Coats grounded out to close out the game.

Jose Fernandez, Craig Breslow and Justin Shafer all saw time on the mound for the Bisons in addition to Reid-Foley, pitching two .1 and .2 innings, respectively.

Noteworthy: Reid-Foley pitched six scoreless innings and got his seventh win in his last eight starts. He is now 7-2 since joining the Bisons on May 24 and is holding down a 3.56 ERA.

Points of interest: This was Jansen's first time hitting two home runs in a single game this season and it was his first home run since July 13. He now has 10 for the season.

Next: The Bisons have a day off Monday before heading to Louisville for a four-game series. The series will start with a doubleheader Tuesday, with the first game at 5 p.m. and the second following the finish of that game. The second game is a makeup of the April 17 matchup, which was delayed due to inclement weather. The Bisons will travel to Indianapolis for five-game series Friday before returning home July 30 to host Lehigh Valley.

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