The Buffalo Bisons put together a complete effort Friday night to put an end to their four-game losing streak.
Coming off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Durham Bulls, the Herd started the second and final series of an eight-game road trip with a 6-3 win against the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park.
The offense, defense and pitching all came together in this one. The Bisons saw six different players record an RBI and eight of nine starters get a hit, no errors were committed and four pitchers combined to allow just eight hits.
Luis Jimenez paced the offensive attack with three hits and an RBI while Moises Sierra was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.
The Bisons hit Norfolk starter Tsuyoshi Wada early and often, getting runs in each of the first three innings. Mike McCoy led off the game with a walk and he would come around to score the game's first run on a Sierra double to center.
Mike Nickeas would add to the lead in the second inning with his first RBI of the season. He lined the first pitch he saw to right field for a double that scored Ryan Langerhans, who reached on a throwing error by second baseman Yamaico Navarro. Nickeas would score the next at-bat, as McCoy tripled to deep center to give Buffalo the 3-0 lead.
The International League's RBI leader, Jimenez, added to his total the next inning. He doubled to center to score Sierra after he led off the inning with getting hit by a pitch. Andy LaRoche would later score Jimenez to make it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly to right, and that would be all the support Dave Bush and the bullpen would need.
Bush allowed two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two more over 5 2/3 innings to improve his record to 6-4. His six wins are the most on the team. He is also tied for the team lead with 53 2/3 innings pitched.
The bullpen held strong after Bush departed with a 6-2 lead. Its only blip was a ninth-inning home run by Brandon Wood given up by John Stilson. Joel Carreno and Buddy Carlyle combined to throw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit scoreless ball in between.
The teams will play the second game of a four-game series Saturday with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.