A four-run seventh inning lifted Rochester over Buffalo, 7-2, Saturday night at Frontier Field and took the second game of the three-game series.
Bisons’ outfielder Anthony Alford left the game after the first inning for an undisclosed reason. He doubled in his only at-bat in the first.
Socrates Brito replaced him in right field and went 2-for-4 in his place at the plate.
The Red Wings (20-31) were led offensively by center fielder Jake Cave, who went 3-for-4 at the dish with three RBIs.
Leadoff hitter Nick Gordon went 1-for-3 for Rochester with a walk and an RBI.
Sean Poppen earned a no-decision for Rochester after he threw five innings and allowed four hits and both of the Bisons runs.
Fernando Romero relieved Poppen in the sixth and only allowed two more runs while earning his first win of the season.
Joey Pulido earned the loss in his first appearance pitching for the Bisons after he was called up from Lansing. In 2 2/3 innings of relief, he gave up three hits and four runs while striking out two.
Buffalo (21-30) got out to an early 2-1 lead before Rochester tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Things fell apart for the Herd one inning later. Drew Maggi sparked Rochester’s offense with a single and advanced to second when Gordon singled.
LaMonte Wade struck out, but the bases became loaded when Pulido walked Zander Wiel.
William Ouellette took over on the mound for the Bisons, but allowed two doubles that cleared the bases and gave the Red Wings the advantage.
One more run in the bottom of the eighth iced the game and sent the Bisons to their third-straight defeat.
The series will conclude today at Frontier Field at 1:05 p.m. After that, the Bisons will return home for a series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.