(bisons.com)-The force was with Mauro Gomez Saturday night.
Gomez had his fourth multi-home run game of the season to lead the Bisons to a 6-3 win over Durham in front of a sellout crowd of 18,025 on Star Wars night.
The big first baseman tied the game at three in the sixth inning with a two-run shot just over the left field wall. Then, he hit a bomb to left in the bottom of the eighth to give the Herd a 6-3 lead.
The home runs were number 20 and 21 for Gomez, who leads the International League in that category.
"I just felt good today," Gomez said. "I tried to get a good pitch and I did. I hit the ball very well and had good contact."
The Herd had just two hits, but produced three runs going into the eighth inning. Buffalo finished with just four hits on the night.
"We just had to battle and scrape to get a couple of runners on for Gomez. He kind of was our offense," Bisons manager Marty Brown said.
"He's always a middle of the order guy who the pitchers in this league are very scared of. He's got power to all fields and when he's hot, he's hot."
Gomez' tying two-run home run in the sixth inning just missed the glove of center fielder Brandon Guyer.
"He almost made a good play," Gomez said of the outfielder. "But thanks to God for giving me a home run and we tied the game."
"To be honest, I thought it was an easy fly-out. Like I said, maybe the wind helped me, but I'll take it. A home run is good," he said.
The first baseman is now batting .257 with 47 RBI's after his 2-for-3 performance tonight.
Shortstop Jose Reyes, on rehab assignment, reached base on an infield single to short in the bottom of the sixth inning. He scored to give the Bisons their first run of the game off of a single by Kevin Pillar to center field. Pillar's single was his third hit since joining the Herd yesterday.
"I felt good, not a problem," Reyes said. "I was able to steal and then score from second no problem, so that's good to see."
Reyes finished 1-for-4 for the second game in a row. He scored two runs in the game.
Chad Jenkins threw an effective seven innings for the Herd, keeping them in the game for the bats to catch up.
Jenkins finished the night allowing nine hits and three runs, but two of them were unearned. He struck out one and walked one in a no-decision.
The first-round Blue Jays selection was not able to get his first win for the Herd, but besides giving up a few runs he was looking better than his past outings, according to Brown.
"I thought he was a lot better... I was pleased of how he battled," Brown said. "I think he felt comfortable with his arm in seven innings he did a good job."
Chris Gimenez hit his first home run of the season to give the Bulls a 3-0 lead in the sixth. It was the ninth hit allowed by Jenkins.
The Bulls scored first in the third inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead over the Bisons.
Cole Figueroa doubled to center field and Brandon Guyer followed up with a bunt to the pitcher, sending Figueroa to third. Tim Beckham hit a grounder to third baseman Jim Negrych, who threw a high ball to home plate that Mike Nickeas could not handle, which scored Figueroa. Vince Belnome grounded into a double play, allowing Guyer to score from third.
Hard-throwing right-hander John Stilson came in for the eighth inning for the Herd.
Stilson ran into some trouble with runners on second and third with two outs, but struck out Gimenez to get out of the inning unscathed and keep the Bisons alive for the win.
The righty picked up his second win of the season and struck out three batters in one inning pitched.
The series continues with a single game Sunday afternoon at Coca Cola Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.