Stoner went the distance, allowing just one run on five hits, as the Herd beat their thruway rival, the Rochester Red Wings, 6-1, Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.
It was Stoners first complete game since 2006 when he was a member of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The 24-year-old allowed just two base runners over the final four innings as he cruised to his sixth victory on the season. He threw 106 pitches (68 strikes), walked just one and struck out three.
Stoner continued his string of strong outings for the Bisons. The Triple-A rookie is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts. Over that stretch, he has allowed just 19 hits in 27 innings.
The right hander was 3-7 with an ERA over five in his first 11 starts with Buffalo after getting promoted from Double-A Binghamton on June 15.
Stoner was locked in a pitcher's duel with Philip Humber in the early innings, before Humber's defense let him down in the fifth and sixth innings.
Humber, the Mets third overall pick in the 2004 draft, was dealt to the Twins organization before last season in the trade that sent Johan Santana to the Mets. Humber pitched well, despite taking the loss, throwing six innings and allowing just two earned runs
The Bisons took advantage of some sloppy Rochester defense to plate the go-ahead run in the fifth. With two outs, Robinson Cancel's grounder was misplayed by shortstop Matt Macri, who had just entered the game for Trevor Plouffe. Josh Petersen followed with a soaring pop-up to shallow left-center field that three Red Wings converged on but none could make the play, as the ball dropped in for a base hit. Argenis Reyes brought home Cancel from third with a perfect bunt single up the third base line that gave the Herd the 2-1 edge.
The Herd added four insurance runs over the sixth and seventh innings; two scored on wild pitches and one via a pass ball that put Buffalo in front, 6-1.
Chip Ambres' solo home run in the second inning gave the Herd an early 1-0 lead.
Brock Petersen drove a hanging breaking ball, the only mistake Stoner made all game, over the left-center field wall in the fifth to tie the game at one.
After hitting Reyes in the eighth inning, Red Wings relief pitcher Reid Santos was ejected from the game.
The Herd and Wings complete the short, two-game set Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. from Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons will face another former Met farmhand, Kevin Mulvey (5-7, 3.96), who was also part of the deal that sent Santana to the Mets. Kyle Snyder (3-6, 3.91) is scheduled to take the mound for the Herd.
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