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Bisons bullpen surrenders late lead a third straight game

Jacob Stallings cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh and the Indianapolis Indians went on to a third-straight victory, 6-4, over the struggling Buffalo Bisons Saturday night at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

The Indians rallied for their three runs against Bisons relief Conor Fisk. It was the third game in a row that Buffalo relief pitching had surrendered a late lead. A three-run sixth erased a 2-1 advantage in the first game of Friday night’s doubleheader against the Indians and three runs each in the sixth and seventh frames wiped out a 3-0 lead in Friday’s second game.

Brandon Cumpton was the starter victimized by the bullpen failures this time. Cumpton allowed three hits, one a home run by Ryan Lavarnway, in five innings. He left with a 4-3 lead.

Points of interest: The Bisons are now 1-6 in a disastrous road trip to Louisville and Indianapolis. They are 1-4 against the Indians this season and now 51-53 at Victory Field, a ballpark where they’ve had success historically. ... Right-hand pitcher Danny Barnes joined the Bisons on Friday on a rehab assignment from the Toronto Blue Jays. … Stallings of the Indians is a former North Carolina Tar Heel. A strapping 6-5, 220 pounds, the 28-year-old Stallings began the season with the parent Pittsburgh Pirates but was optioned to Indy on Thursday after a two-week stay in the big leagues. Lavarnway, 30, was a catcher at Yale, who spent time with the Boston Red Sox before stints with the Orioles, Braves and Athletics.

Noteworthy: Jonathan Davis had two of the seven Buffalo hits and now has reached base in 12 of 14 games since joining the team from Double-A New Hampshire. … The Bisons were only 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position on Saturday. ... Indy relievers Montana DuRapau and Tanner Anderson shut down the Bisons with just one hit over the last four innings, striking out four. Anderson retired the Herd on three ground balls in the ninth.

Next: The teams will complete their season series with a doubleheader today (Radio 1520, 12:35 p.m.) with lefty Matt Tracy scheduled to start the opener for Buffalo against Alex McRae (3-8, 4.76). Buffalo’s starter in the finale of a nine-game road trip, has not been determined.


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