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Vicuna has solid Herd debut

Kevin Vicuna got his first Triple-A hits for Buffalo as the Bisons topped Rochester, 7-4, Wednesday night at Frontier Field.

Vicuna led off the fifth inning with a triple and eventually scored the Bisons’ second run of the night. He had been called up along with pitcher Travis Bergen and third baseman Nash Knight.

The 21-year-old shortstop later singled on a bunt to third base in the ninth inning. He finished the night 2-for-4 with one strikeout and two runs scored.

Patrick Kivlehan led the team by going 1-for-3 with two RBI, a home run (his 30th) and a walk. Jonathan Davis went 2-for-5 with an RBI while Andy Burns went 1-for-4 and drove in a run of his own.

Anthony Kay earned his second win of the season on the mound. He threw six scoreless innings and struck out six. A Bisons starter has not allowed a run in 22 innings.

Buffalo improved to 66-62 but did not gain any ground in the International League North. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse both won their games Wednesday night to keep the Herd in third place.

Rochester fell to 64-64 and remains in fourth place. The Red Wings were led by Zander Wiel, who went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Buffalo cracked the game open in the fifth when Vicuna tripled. Three singles from Burns, Socrates Brito and Forrest Wall gave the Herd a 4-0 lead.

Rochester nearly came back in the eighth. The Red Wings used two walks and two doubles off reliever Zach Jackson to close the Bisons’ lead to 4-3.

Buffalo got three more runs in the top of the ninth, including another run scored by Vicuna. He came home on a wild pitch.

Rochester got one more run in the bottom of the ninth, but Jordan Romano closed out the Red Wings on the mound.

The four-game series concludes Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Frontier Field. Buffalo will return to Sahlen Field on Friday to begin the last homestand of the season.

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