Dustin Martin's seventh-inning sacrifice fly produced the game's only run as Buffalo's Nelson Figueroa and Rochester's Kevin Mulvey locked up in a great match-up that was won by the Red Wings.
Figueroa (0-1) faced just two more than the minimum in his seven-inning effort, but both came in the final outing of his performance. A Jason Pridie double led off the seventh and Luke Hughes' infield single moved the runner to third. Martin's fly ball to center was deep enough for Pridie to race home for the game-winning run three pitches later.
The hard-luck loser, Figueroa allowed just four hits, walked none and struck out two. His first two baserunners were erased by double plays.
For his part, Mulvey struck out seven Bisons over 5.2 innings of work. He fanned newcomer Mike Nickeas and shortstop Jose Coronado after Buffalo put the first two on base in the fifth inning. Mulvey got help from reliever Mike Gosling -the game's winner- who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with a 6-4-3 double play.
Buffalo outhit Rochester in defeat, 7-5. Two of the hits came off the bat of another newcomer, outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Jesus Feliciano went 3-4 for the Herd to raise his average to .283.
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