Buffalo, NY (May 17, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 7-5, Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field. Jhonatan Solano hit his first career grand slam and the Chiefs survived a four-run Bisons' rally in the ninth to snap a four-game losing streak. Joe Ross allowed just a run in seven strong innings, with just one walk and six strikeouts.
Buffalo (20-17) started the scoring in the second inning. Shane Opitz doubled to start the inning and Roemon Fields doubled him home two batters later to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead.
Syracuse (13-22) struck back for four in the fifth against T.J. House. Adrian Sanchez singled with one out and Matt Skole doubled to right. Skole was replaced at second by Andrew Stevenson due to an apparent injury. Brandon Snyder then was intentionally walked to load the bases. Two batters later, Solano struck his first home run since July 25, 2015, a grand slam to deep left for a 4-1 Chiefs lead.
The Chiefs added a run in the eighth on an Irving Falú sacrifice fly.
In the top of the ninth, Stevenson singled to lead off the inning against Wil Browning. Two batters later, Clint Robinson hit a line drive the opposite way off the left-field pole for his fifth home run of the season and a 7-1 lead.
Fields started the Bisons' rally with a one-out single against Dustin Antolin in the bottom of the ninth. Antolin then walked Jonathan Diaz, and Ian Parmley doubled home both runners to bring the Bisons within 7-3. Jake Elmore followed with a single to put runners on the corners. The Chiefs turned to Joe Nathan out of the bullpen. Dwight Smith, Jr. then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Parmley and bring the Bisons within three. Jarrod Saltalamacchia then hit a pop up behind second. Two Chiefs infielders didn't see the ball and Bautista was too deep in center and it fell in for a tough-luck double, scoring Elmore and making the score 7-5. But Nathan struck out Jason Leblebijian to end the game for his fourth save.
The Chiefs can still split the series with a win Thursday night at 6:05 p.m. Greg Ross is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Luis Santos for Buffalo.
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