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Around the minors 5.12.11

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 5, BUFFALO 3: Held in check for most of the four-game series in Buffalo, Yankees top catching prospect Jesus Montero launched a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning off rehabbing Bobby Parnell to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a comeback win. The defeat ended the Herd's two-game winning streak and denied Buffalo its first series win of the season. The Bisons are 0-7-3 in series. Montero was just 2-for-15 in the first three-plus games of the series. But the catcher came through with two runners on base and two outs in the eighth after Bisons reliever Taylor Tankersley gave up a single to Chris Dickerson and a walk to Dan Brewer. Montero then greeted Parnell with an opposite-field blast that gave the Yanks the lead for the first time in the game. "I think the pitch was a little bit up and Montero's got that deep-threat swing -- just drove it out to right-center," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "It's a tough pitch to drive out that way. He did a great job of getting hold of it and putting it out." The home run was only Montero's second of the year and first since April 9 at Rochester. Montero's home run spoiled a solid outing from Bisons starter Josh Stinson. The righty worked 7 2/3 innings and struck out six. He was in line for his second win of the season until the eighth inning. "Stinson had a better sinker, followed through a lot better, mechanics were a little bit more ironed out than the last game," Teufel said. "He lives on that sinker and if he has a good sinker he usually has a nice day." The Bisons didn't wait long to get on the board. In the second inning, with Luis Hernandez on second and Nick Evans on first, Herd newcomer Mike Fisher -- promoted from Binghamton -- doubled in the game's first run. Evans then scored on a groundout by Salomon Manriquez. The Bisons added a third run when Valentino Pascucci hit his second homer of the season, and second in three games. "When you lose a game late like that it's going to be one of those things you have to deal with in baseball," Teufel said. The Bisons are 3-4 against the Yankees. This was Stinson's longest start since he threw a complete game in the team’s finale against Rochester last year. Box

TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Binghamton relievers blew their ninth save chance of the season as Trenton overcame a 4-0 deficit with a seven-run seventh inning. The meltdown spoiled another strong start from Mark Cohoon, who allowed two runs on two hits over six-plus innings. Binghamton (12-19) seemed to have the game well in hand with a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. However, Cohoon walked the first two hitters of the inning and was pulled. Fellow lefty Brandon Sage emerged from the bullpen for his second Double-A appearance and would fail to get an out. Corban Joseph singled to load the bases. Addison Maruszak followed with a two-run single, cutting the B-Mets’ lead in half. After Ray Kruml singled to reload the bases, Sage allowed a game-tying, two-run single to Austin Krum, which knocked him from the game. Rhiner Cruz became the third pitcher to throw for Binghamton in the seventh in search of the inning’s first out. He walked the first hitter he faced, Jose Pirela, to load the bases anew. Austin Romine made Cruz pay with a two-run single to right, vaulting Trenton into the lead, 6-4. Romine was the eighth straight hitter to reach in the frame. Bradley Suttle recorded the first out with a sacrifice fly to center, which plated Pirela for the Thunder’s final run. The seven-run outburst is the biggest inning allowed by Binghamton this season. Trenton (18-16), which was forced to use a spot starter in place of the injured Craig Heyer, pieced together its pitching with a band of relievers. Cory Arbiso started and gave a run in the first inning. Jordany Valdespin led off with a double to right-center. After he stole third, Eric Campbell brought him home with a groundout to short, which gave the B-Mets a 1-0 lead. Arbiso exited after three innings of one-run work. Japanese southpaw Naoyo Okamoto replaced him and got roughed up. Josh Satin led off the fourth with a double to the gap in left-center. After Campbell flied out, Okamoto walked Brahiam Maldonado and hit Allan Dykstra with a pitch to load the bases. Carlos Guzman came next and drove a run home with a fielder’s choice. Kai Gronauer put the finishing touch on the inning with a two-out double to left-center, which plated two more runs and increased the Binghamton lead to 4-0. The B-Mets missed a golden scoring opportunity in the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs against Okamoto, thanks to a pair of errors and a single. The lefty struck out Jean Luc Blauqiere before giving way to Josh Schmidt, who stranded the bases loaded without allowing a run. Schmidt picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Tim Norton nailed down his second save for Trenton by striking out the side in the ninth. Sage was charged with four runs on four hits and was saddled with the blown save and his first loss. Cohoon walked a season-high five, but carried a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings. The B-Mets look to rebound in the second game of the four-game set Friday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Brad Holt (1-1, 2.59) will start opposite left-hander Kei Igawa (1-1, 2.95) of Trenton. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 0: The St. Lucie Mets made it two shutouts in a row as right-hander Tobi Stoner -- who made one relief appearance in the majors last season -- logged his first official minor league action since Aug. 8, before elbow cleanout surgery and a shoulder impingement. Catcher Francisco Pena had four RBIs. St. Lucie is 23-11 on the season and 3½ games ahead of second-place Fort Myers in the Florida State League’s South Division. The Mets struck in a five-run fourth inning. St. Lucie sent 10 to the plate, including back-to-back walks followed by four consecutive hits. The key blows: Pena’s two-run double and Juan Lagares’ two-run single. Pena would strike again, belting a two-run homer in the eighth. Stoner tossed five innings, allowing four hits while striking out four to earn the win. Collin McHugh finished off the Flying Tigers, throwing four scoreless frames and allowing only one hit and one walk. He struck out five while earning his first save. Lagares led the Mets with three hits and scored twice. Rylan Sandoval had a two-hit night. Jefry Marte, Pedro Zapata and Stefan Welch all scored in the win. The Mets close out their series with the Lakeland Flying Tigers Friday night at Digital Domain Park. Right-hander Scott Moviel (4-1, 2.72) starts, and is coming off his best outing of the season -- 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Box

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 0 (13 innings): Ryan Fraser, Angel Cuan and Hamilton Bennett combined for 11 scoreless innings before Luis Rojas allowed the game's only run in his second inning of work, on a wild pitch. The errant pitch came while trying to throw the fourth ball for an intentional walk. That snapped the Sand Gnats' streak of 28 scoreless innings pitched. Savannah left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th when Aderlin Rodriguez flied out. Box

Compiled from team reports