Jonathan Davis hit the second pitch he saw leading off the first inning for Buffalo and drove it for his third home run of the season, starting the Bisons on the way to a 3-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday afternoon at Sahlen Field.
The victory in the finale of a seven-game home stand ended a three-game losing streak for the Herd (11-17), who went 3-4 for the week.
Richard Urena drove home the second Buffalo run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. Reese McGuire’s single in the sixth produced what turned out to be the winning run, scoring Cavan Biggio who had singled and moved around on a stolen base and a wild pitch.
Lehigh Valley scored single runs in the sixth and seventh. Andrew Romine singled home the first run. A solo homer by Damek Tomscha cut the Buffalo lead to one in the seventh.
Shutout streak: Bisons left-hander Tayler Saucedo who got his first start in his second appearance, shut out the IronPigs for five innings and earned his second victory of the week. Saucedo has not allowed a run so far in 8.1 innings with Buffalo since he was promoted from Double A New Hampshire last week.
One-out save: Bisons closer Derek Law is a Blue Jay now. Buffalo called on Justin Shafer to come in with two out and tying run on second in the ninth inning. Shafer retired Tomscha on a fly ball to center to end it.
On target: Buffalo pitches issued no walks. However, they did hit three Lehigh Valley batters and threw one wild pitch.
Clearing the bases: The Bisons turned two double plays and another IronPigs runner, Lane Adams, was erased on an attempted steal by catcher McGuire’s throw to second baseman Biggio.
On deck: The Bisons are off Monday, but they will be traveling to Georgia to face the Gwinnett Stripers in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Tuesday night (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m.).