(bisons.com)-For the second straight night, the Bisons' offense struck late to take a win away from the Rochester Red Wings.
After scoring three runs in the eighth inning Thursday against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field to rally from a 2-0 deficit and win it, 3-2, the Herd rallied a little bit earlier Friday night. Buffalo scored five runs in the seventh to come back and defeat Rochester, 6-3, at Frontier Field, to pull within 2 ½ games of the IL wild-card lead with three games remaining in the season.
Down 3-0 at the start of the seventh frame, Mike Nickeas drew a leadoff walk and Mike McCoy followed with a bunt single. Blake Gailen laid down a bunt in an attempt to advance the runners, but a throwing error by Logan Darnell loaded the bases with no outs.
Luis Jimenez singled on a grounder that made its way into right field with one out, scoring Nickeas and McCoy to make it a one-run game. The next batter was Andy LaRoche and he blasted a 1-1 pitch just over the wall in left for a three-run homer, giving the Herd a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
An insurance run was added on Clint Robinson's sacrifice fly in the eighth, which scored Nickeas, who started the frame by walking again. Nickeas walked three times on the night.
Kyle Drabek was solid in his third start, fourth appearance, for the Bisons. In his most effective start for Buffalo, the right-hander allowed just four hits and one run while striking out six over four innings, throwing 49 of his 66 pitches for strikes.
Jeremy Jeffress closed the door on the Red Wings, tossing a scoreless ninth to pick up his sixth save. He has now not allowed an earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings pitched.
The bullpen before Jeffress also got the job done. Scott Gracey hurled 2 1/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball with three punch-outs in earning his first win, while Brad Lincoln was credited with the hold, throwing a clean eighth.
The finale of the two-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. before the Bisons end their regular season in Syracuse, where they on Sunday and Monday.