Socrates Brito went 4 for 5 with five runs batted in, and Anthony Alford hit a three-run homer in a six-run sixth inning of the Buffalo Bisons' 14-6 triumph over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon before 11,090 at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
It was the fourth time this season the Bisons scored in double figures. The 14 runs on 16 hits was second only to a 15-6 rout at Lehigh Valley on May 24 when they pounded out 19 hits.
On Sunday at Sahlen Field, the Bisons came back from a 5-1 deficit to take the lead only to lose, 7-6, in 11 innings. This time the Buffalo bullpen was able to hold the advantage after a comeback.
The Herd trailed 6-2 before their six-run sixth inning, led by Alford's three-run opposite field blast to turn the game around. Brito followed with a solo homer to make it 8-6.
The Bisons' bullpen was brilliant. The last four of six Buffalo pitchers shut out the Indians on one hit over the last five innings. David Phelps, on rehab from Toronto, pitched the fifth, allowing the only Indy hit after the fourth. Conor Fisk, Kirby Snead and Dusty Isaacs followed. The Buffalo hurlers combined for 11 strikeouts, including five by starter Sean Reid-Foley, and just one walk.
Indy pitchers, on the other hand, walked 11 including two with the bases loaded in Buffalo's five run ninth inning. With little doubt of the outcome, the Indians brought in right fielder J.B. Shuck to get the last three outs in the ninth. Buffalo sent 11 men to the plate in the ninth. Michael De La Cruz started the inning with a single and singled for a second time in the frame.
All nine Bisons batters reached base at least once. Leadoff batter Jonathan Davis and No. 2 batter Billy McKinney scored seven runs between them as they set the table for Alford (2 for 4) and Brito (4 for 5).
The outcome assured the Bisons of their second series victory in a row. They won two of three at home last weekend against Lehigh Valley and have taken two of the first three in their only visit to Victory Field this season.
Right-hander Andrew Sopko (1-2, 6.82) is scheduled to get Thursday's start (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) in the series finale. The Indians have not named their starter yet. The Bisons will move on to Louisville on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series with the Bats before returning home next Tuesday.
Pitcher Jordan Romano (1-2, 6.10 ERA) was called up to the Blue Jays, who cleared a place on their 40-man roster for the 25-year-old right-hander. In six of his 17 appearances with the Herd involving a minimum of one inning this season, Romano has given up no hits.