David Paulino and three Bisons relievers combined for a five-hitter in Buffalo’s second shutout victory of the season Tuesday night, 2-0 over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Paulino, pitching for the first time since April 30, struck out six in four innings over which he threw 68 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Zach Jackson (5-0), who picked up the win, Justin Shafer and Buddy Boshers followed Paulino. The four Buffalo pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and just one walk.
Boshers escaped jams in each of the last two innings, but did not crack. In the bottom of the ninth, singles by Kevin Kramer and Will Craig put runners at first and second with no out, but Boshers was able to preserve the Herd’s first shutout since a 5-0 win at Rochester on May 21. Jackson also was the winner in that shutout.
Indy starter Luis Escobar (1-1) pitched 5.1 strong innings. He left a scoreless game after giving up a walk to Roemon Fields and striking out Anthony Alford in the sixth. Reliever Tyler Lyons gave up a double to Socrates Brito that scored Fields with the run charged to Escobar.
In the seventh, Patrick Kivlehan, who began the season with the Indians before he was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Pittsburgh, led off with a homer against Chris Stratton to make it 2-0.
It was the ninth home run of the season for Kivlehan, a well-traveled veteran who has played for seven different major league organizations, not counting a second tour with the Seattle Mariners, since his college years at Rutgers.
Sean Reid-Foley (3-3, 5.72) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Cam Vieaux of the Indians Wednesday afternoon (Radio 1520, 1:35 p.m.), the second of a three-game series.