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BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 3: Vinny Rottino's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning drove home Omar Quintanilla with the winning run. Buffalo (13-10) has now won three straight and eight of its past 11 games. The Herd is a season-best three games over .500. Rottino brought a nine-game hitting streak into the contest, but was staring at an 0-for-4 day before getting his chance in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, he drove an offering from Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez back through the middle. Just as Quintanilla crossed the plate, the rest of the Bisons mobbed Rottino at first base. The Bisons loaded the bases for Rottino without hitting the ball out of the infield. Quintanilla was hit by Vasquez to lead off the inning and then sacrificed to second by Andres Torres. Rochester intentionally walked Bobby Scales and unintentionally issued a free pass to Valentino Pascucci to load the bases. Buffalo had built a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings. In his first game against his former team, Dustin Martin hit a solo homer to deep left-center in the second inning. Martin, who signed with the Mets on Wednesday, played 392 games over the past three seasons with Rochester. The Bisons added two runs in the third inning. Red Wings third baseman Ray Chang hit Torres in the back on an attempted force play at home. Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a sacrifice fly. Rochester scored two in the fifth, on Joe Benson's homer, and once in the sixth on Brian Dozier's RBI single. Jeremy Hefner started for Buffalo and worked a Bisons season-best 7 2/3 innings. The righty did not issue a walk and struck out five in his first game since being optioned back from the Mets. Pascucci singled in the seventh inning to increase his hitting streak to 12 games. The stretch is the second-longest active streak in the International League. Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his second game with the Herd. He is expected to travel to Houston on Sunday and be activated from the DL for Monday's series opener. Box
ERIE 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets left nine men on base, including the potential tying run at second in the ninth. B-Mets starter Collin McHugh battled low temperatures and command issues in the first two innings, walking four and reaching a full count against five batters. In spite of the difficulties, he managed to escape unharmed with two scoreless innings. After working quick innings in the third and fourth, McHugh ran into a roadblock in the fifth. He allowed his first hit with one out, on an infield single to short by Niuman Romero. After Brandon Douglas sneaked a bunt single to third, both runners moved up an additional base when Jefry Marte uncorked a wild throw to first. Rob Brantly gave Erie the lead by lacing a two-run, opposite-field double. The hit ended McHugh’s day after 4 1/3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out four. Kevin Mulvey entered and surrendered an RBI single to Ben Guez, giving the SeaWolves a three-run edge. Binghamton finally plated a run without the benefit of a hit in the seventh. After cruising through six frames, Avery pitched himself out of the game by walking Travis Ozga and Rafael Fernandez. Reliever Michael Morrison replaced him and walked Kai Gronauer and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Ozga to score Binghamton’s first run. Pedro Zapata flied out to end the inning. The walks continued in the eighth. Morrison was pulled after putting the first three on base, all via base on balls. Marte greeted reliever Kenny Faulk with a bloop single, scoring Matt den Dekker. The single by Marte was Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position in more than 29 innings. Faulk retired the next three he faced to preserve the one-run lead. Binghamton pushed the tying run to second in the ninth against Faulk, but failed to come through with the big hit. Zapata reached on an infield single and swiped second base with two outs. He was stranded when Oswaldo Navarro struck out. McHugh (3-2) had his three-game winning streak snapped. Zack Wheeler opposes right-hander Mark Sorensen on Sunday. Box
ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 0: Cory Mazzoni tossed five scoreless innings and combined with relievers Ryan Fraser, Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek on the shutout. Cory Vaughn produced his fourth homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Alonzo Harris went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice. Box
LEXINGTON 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): T.J. Chism surrendered a walk-off homer to Drew Muren to lead off the bottom of the 11th. T.J. Rivera belted a three-run homer and drove in all four runs in the loss. Box
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BUFFALO 4, ROCHESTER 3: Vinny Rottino's RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning drove home Omar Quintanilla with the winning run. Buffalo (13-10) has now won three straight and eight of its past 11 games.