(bisons.com) - When Ricky Romero is on, watch out.
The lefty gave the Bisons one of his best outings of the year on the way to his third win of the season.
The Bisons got six solid innings out of Romero and scored four runs in the second inning to beat Columbus 5-1 at Huntington Park Thursday night.
Romero improved to 3-5 for the Herd as he showed more consistency against the Clippers.
The southpaw allowed just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and just two walks in six innings of work. He fanned the last three hitters he faced in the sixth inning.
Romero made his 16th start for Buffalo. In his last 10 starts before tonight, Romero had a 3.98 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched.
Buffalo answered quickly against the Clippers first-inning run, jumping on Columbus starter Trevor Bauer in the second inning.
Bisons first baseman Clint Robinson led off with a single to right field. Shortstop Ryan Goins then followed up with his sixth home run of the season to put the Bisons up 2-0 with no outs.
Bauer then walked Mike McCoy and Munenori Kawasaki and catcher Mike Nickeas hit a sacrifice bunt and reached first on a throwing error by Bauer, scoring McCoy and putting runners on first and third.
Right fielder Kevin Pillar hit a ground ball to the third baseman who took the force out and second base, but Kawasaki managed to score on the play and the Bisons took a 4-0 lead early.
In the fifth, Goins earned his third RBI of the night on a bunt, scoring Pillar from third base. Pillar led off the inning with a double on a sharp line drive to left field.
Goins led the Bisons going 2-for-2 with three RBI's and one run scored. Pillar had the other RBI as he went 1-for 4 on the night.
A walk by McCoy loaded the bases for Buffalo as they threatened to the lead, but Kawasaki grounded out to first to keep the lead at 5-1 midway through the fifth inning.
Right-hander John Stilson pitched two innings for Buffalo, allowing no runs and no hits, while striking out two. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth, striking out three of four hitters he faced. He hit 99 miles per hour on the radar gun during the inning.
The two relievers combined to retire nine of the final 10 batters in the game.