Row­ley’s shutout stint keys Herd’s vic­tory

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio – Right-han­der Chris Row­ley pitched six shutout in­nings Mon­day night and the Buf­falo Bisons ended their six-game los­ing streak with a 7-5 vic­tory over the Colum­bus Clip­pers be­fore 11,648 at Hunt­ing­ton Park.

Row­ley, a West Point grad mak­ing only his third start for Buf­falo, al­lowed four sin­gles, a walk and hit a bat­ter while strik­ing out five. The Clip­pers did not have a hit un­til the fourth in­ning.

How­ever, what looked like a neatly wrapped Buf­falo vic­tory nearly be­came un­rav­eled. Nel­lie Ro­driguez home­red in the sev­enth in­ning to break the shutout. Ro­driguez, the Clip­pers’ first base­man, hit a three-run homer in the ninth, his 12th of the sea­son, in a four-run rally against three Buf­falo re­liev­ers.

The Bisons came into the game af­ter be­ing swept in four games at home by the Scran­ton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in their re­turn to ac­tion af­ter the In­ter­na­tional League’s All-Star Game break. Colum­bus, at the same time, had swept four games from the Toledo Mud Hens.

It’s the Bisons’ only visit this sea­son to Colum­bus. Buf­falo had won 11 of its last 12 games against the Clip­pers in­clud­ing a three-game sweep at Coca-Cola Field April 13-15.

Colum­bus had not al­lowed a run in 25 in­nings be­fore the Bisons scored three in the fifth in­ning.

The rally in the fifth ended Buf­falo’s score­less streak at 13 in­nings. The Herd had scored only four runs in their pre­vi­ous six games.

Of f the schneid: Jon Berti lined a sin­gle to cen­ter to al­low An­drew Guil­lotte to score Buf­falo’s first run since Satur­day. Then I.L. All-Star Ja­son Le­blebi­jian dou­bled home two more runs.

Raffy Lopez’s 10th homer of the sea­son, off re­liever Cole Sulser with a man on in the sev­enth, gave the Bisons a 5-0 lead.

Vet­eran right-han­der Jar­rett Grube was the starter and loser for Colum­bus. Grube was Buf­falo’s Open­ing Day starter and win­ner. In 11 starts for the Herd, Grube had a 2-3 record and a 6.14 ERA be­fore he was re­leased.

The sec­ond game of the three-game se­ries tonight (Ra­dio 1520, 6:05 p.m.) has Herd lefty T.J. House sched­uled to start against right-han­der Adam Plutko.

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