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Bisons pound out 18 hits, beat Syracuse

The Bisons sprayed hits all over Sahlen Field on Saturday night, belting 18 in a 9-7 triumph over the Syracuse Mets before an announced crowd of 8,498.

Patrick Kivlehan hit his 17th home run for Buffalo and was 3-for-4 with four RBIs in the victory. Kivlehan has 21 homers in the International League counting the four he hit at the start of the season for the Indianapolis Indians.

Rowdy Tellez drove in three runs for the Herd with a pair of singles and Bisons batting leader Socrates Brito went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .296.

Buffalo took the lead for good, 4-3, with two runs in the third on an RBI double by Michael De La Cruz, who is batting .287 for the Herd.
Andy Burns had four hits in five at-bats for Buffalo, increasing his team-leading hit total to 90.

Bisons reliever Bryan Baker weathered a shaky ninth inning to close it out. He struck out the side but not until after he had given up a pair of hits, two walks and wild-pitched two runs home.

Right-hander T.J. Zeuch (3-1) started and earned the win for Buffalo, allowing six hits and four runs over six innings. Kirby Snead followed Zeuch to the mound before Baker took over to get the final out in the eighth after allowing a walk and a base hit.

Right-hander Brock Stewart, whom the Toronto Blue Jays obtained on waivers last week from the Los Angeles Dodgers, will make his first appearance for the Bisons when he starts the season finale between the Herd and Mets on Sunday (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.). Stewart had no wins or losses in appearances with the Dodgers this season but was 5-7 at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League.

The Buffalo win evened the season series with Syracuse at eight wins apiece. The series was squared at 9-9 last season, when Syracuse was the affiliate of the Washington Nationals and known as the Chiefs before the franchise was acquired by the New York Mets.

After Sunday, the Bisons will not be home again until Aug. 13 for the opener of a three-game series with the Toledo Mudhens. Buffalo will have a day off Monday and play at Toledo for three games then at Columbus for three games.

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