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Alvarez helps Tides charge past Buffalo

Tides snap seven-game skid
May 13, 2016

Dariel Alvarez doubled three times and drove in two, powering Norfolk to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons Friday night at Harbor Park.

Alvarez doubled and scored in the second inning, hit a sacrifice fly in the third frame, then added doubles in the fifth and eighth innings to help Norfolk snap a seven-game skid. Alvarez, who now ranks third in the IL with 10 doubles this season, has batted .340 (16-47) with five doubles and 11 RBI through 12 games in May.

The Tides got to Buffalo starter Roberto Hernandez (1-2) early, plating a run in the second inning before scoring three more in the third. Christian Walker and Jimmy Paredes both had RBI hits in the third frame, while Trey Mancini added a double.  

Paredes has now hit safely in all six rehab games he's appeared in with the Tides, batting .381 (8-21) with one home run and three RBI.

Andy Oliver turned in an exceptional outing in a spot start, as he blanked the Bisons on one hit over four innings of work. Oliver, starting in place of David Hale after Hale was placed on the disabled list with a right calf injury Friday, struck out four without walking a batter as he lowered his ERA to 1.14 through 10 appearances (two starts) this season.

Zach Phillips (3-1) earned the win with two shutout innings of relief, while Richard Rodriguez earned the save by striking out Darrell Ceciliani with the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning. It was just the second career save for Rodriguez, who has posted a 2.50 ERA in 12 relief outings this season.

The two clubs continue their three-game set on Saturday night at Harbor Park, with first pitch slated for 7:05. Ariel Miranda (1-2, 4.11) gets the start for Norfolk and will be opposed by right-hander Chris Leroux (0-3, 3.54). Saturday is Armed Forces Night at Harbor Park and will feature a postgame fireworks show courtesy of Navy Mutual.

Notes: Buffalo is managed by Gary Allenson, who previously skippered the Tides from 2007-2011…Garabez Rosa singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games, the longest by a Tides player this season…L.J. Hoes reached base safely three times as he singled, walked twice and scored a run…Dariel Alvarez registered his sixth outfield assist in the contest…Chaz Roe worked a shutout inning of relief, his fourth consecutive scoreless appearance.