The Buffalo Bisons were routed by the Mets, 11-4, on Sunday at Sahlen Field in a performance that was lacking in hitting, pitching and fielding.
When the deficit was two runs, the Bisons left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. In the eighth, lefty Tayler Saucedo, pitching only three days after he an abbreviated start at Lehigh Valley, was ineffective.
Saucedo allowed hits to the first five batters he faced, including a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Rymer Liriano, before he got an out. Then he made a bad throw home with the bases full for the third run of the inning before he was relieved by Danny Young.
The Mets scored six runs in the eighth to blow it open. Syracuse had taken a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a three-run homer by Rene Rivera off Bisons starter Andrew Sopko (1-4).
Three of the four Buffalo runs came on homers. Patrick Kivlehan hit two, his fourth multi-homer game of the season. Both were with the bases empty. Kivlehan now has hit a team-high 19 for the Bisons and 23 this season in the International League.
Rowdy Tellez led off the Bisons’ second, tying the game at 1-1 with a his seventh homer since he was sent down from Toronto last month.
Billy McKinney tripled and came home on Rich Urena’s double in the third to make it 3-1.
It was the final game of the season between Buffalo and Syracuse with the Mets winning the series, 9-8. The Mets (57-56) moved one game behind the second-place Bisons (58-55) in the North Division of the IL.
The Bisons haven’t been able to make a sustained challenge to contend for a playoff berth because of an unimpressive 29-28 home record. They head back on the road, where they are 29-27, for three games at Toledo and Columbus.
Newcomer Brock Stewart, who was obtained on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, is scheduled to make his Buffalo debut as the starter on Tuesday at Toledo. The Bisons are off Monday.