(bisons.com)-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre collected 16 hits and scored in six of the nine innings of a 10-4 victory over the Bisons on Friday night at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo also scored in their first three trips to the plate but couldn't keep pace with the IL North division leading Yankees.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre set the tone to the slugfest early as Chris Dickerson led off the contest with his seventh home run of the season. From there, the rivals kept up a constant attack that dropped Buffalo's record to 58-62.
Eduardo Nunez singled home a pair in the third inning and Dickerson plated his second run of the night with a double in the fourth. When Ronnie Mustelier raced home on a wild pitch in the fifth, the Yankees increased their lead to 6-4.
Francisco Cervelli and Melky Mesa provided the insurance when they combined for back-to-back RBI-singles in the seventh inning. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored two more in the top of the ninth to reach double digits.
The Bisons kept pace with the Yanks for a while. Josh Satin kept his hot hitting going with a two-run home run in the first inning. The blast was his 13th of the season and extended his hit streak to nine games.
Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz also drove in runs for the Herd.
Without a starter due to Sunday's rainout, the Bisons used six different relievers on Friday. Scott Patterson and C.J. Nitkowski both made their Coca-Cola Field debuts. The loss went to Elvin Ramirez, his first at Triple-A.
The series continues with a single game at Coca Cola Field Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.