DURHAM, N.C - The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, got a second homerun in as many days from Rene Rivera, but it couldn't beat Durham, 10-2 the final Saturday.
The Herd began the scoring in the fourth. Rivera belted a homer to deep left and over the Blue Monster. It was his second dinger of the season and series. With Wily Mo Pena already aboard, the homerun made it a 2-0 lead.
That blast would be all the scoring Buffalo did in the game. Bulls starter Carlos Hernandez was brilliant. The lefty lasted eight innings allowing nine hits and just two runs. Hernandez struck out five Bisons while walking none. The Durham offense came up big in support during the middle innings.
The Bulls got going in the fourth when Jon Weber doubled to lead off. Ray Sadler plated Weber on a single three batters later to make it a 2-1 game.
The flood gates opened in the fifth when nine batters hit. Three hits and three walks combined for three runs. RBI belonged to Henry Mateo, Justin Ruggiano and Ray Sadler. Sadler's RBI was his second in as many innings and it made the score 4-2 Bulls.
Durham doubled its pleasure in the sixth inning, plating six runs for a 10-2 lead. Ray Olmedo had the first of six hits in the frame. He singled ahead of Craig Albernaz. Both men scored on a Weber homer. Singles by Mateo and Ruggiano set up Sadler for another three-run blast. Sadler recorded five RBI on the night. The final was set at 10-2.
Buffalo plays another at Durham Bulls Athletic Park Sunday at 5:05. Kyle Snyder will pitch against Mitch Talbot.
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