Ryan Feierabend, who was plagued by the home-run ball in his two previous starts, allowed only three singles in seven innings and Patrick Kivlehan and Andy Burns each drove in three runs Saturday night in the Buffalo Bisons' 7-1 victory over the Syracuse Mets at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.
It easily was the most effective performance of the season for Feierabend (5-4), the veteran left-handed knuckleball artist. He allowed only three singles, one an infield bleeder and he walked two and struck out five.
Feierabend left after throwing 92 pitches, 57 of them for strikes. He faced only 24 batters in his seven innings, because the Mets hit into two double plays and had another runner caught stealing.
Zach Jackson finished up with two scoreless innings of relief. The Mets had only five hits, three of them by leadoff man Rajai Davis.
Kivlehan singled to drive in two runs in Buffalo's three-run third inning. He singled home another run in the eighth when the Bisons scored four times. The other three runs in the eighth came around on a bases-loaded double by Burns.
Socrates Brito had three doubles for the Herd, the first producing his 39th RBI of the season with the team. Kivlehan also has 39 RBIs.
Rookie shortstop Bo Bichette went 3 for 5 with a pair of singles and a double, raising his batting average to .319. In all, the Bisons had 14 hits.
The teams will complete their four-game weekend series at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday before taking time off for the All-Star break.
The win narrowed the Mets' advantage of the Bisons on the season series to 7-6.