BUFFALO, N.Y. (From Bisons.com)- Luis Jimenez had the shortest and longest hits on Friday afternoon at Coca-Cola, and each of them were equally important.
The Bisons slugger drove in a run with a 30-foot drippler and then hit a mammoth home run to give the Herd a 3-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings. The win gives Buffalo a two-game sweep of their closest rival and a 2-0 start for the first time since 2008.
The home run was Jimenez's second in as many days and helped break a 2-2 deadlock in the eighth inning. With one out in the frame, he crushed the first pitch he saw from IL veteran Anthony Slama over the wall to deep right-centerfield.
Slama had allowed just one home run since June 14, 2011 -a stretch of 39 appearances.
Jimenez also got the Bisons on the board in the first inning, but with a much smaller hit. With runners on the corners, the designated hitter rolled one slowly up the first base line. Red Wings starter Kyle Gibson had just one play, allowing the speedy Anthony Gose to score from third.
Rochester took a 2-1 on home runs from Brian Dinkelman in the third and Oswaldo Arcia in the fifth. Both homers came off Bisons starter Ramon Ortiz, who fanned seven in a no-decision.
The Bisons tied the game in the sixth inning as Gose singled and eventually scored from third base on a balk from former Buffalo reliever, Mike O'Connor.
The Bisons head to Rochester for a pair of 1:05 p.m. games at Frontier Field this weekend.
Mickey Storey was extremely effective in his Bisons debut. The righty allowed just one hit and struck out three in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief...Red Wings starter Kyle Gibson retired 11 Bisons in a row at one point...IL umpire Jeff Gosney returned to duty and was at third base on Friday. Gosney left Thursday's home opener after getting hit in the head with a wild pitch.