PawSox push past Bisons 5-3

Jorge Jimenez clubbed a two-run home run and Daniel Nava plated two more with a triple as the Red Sox defended McCoy Stadium with a 5-3 victory over the Herd on Friday night. Buffalo dropped to 8-7 on the season and 1-2 on their current six-game roadtrip.

The Bisons had nine hits to Pawtucket’s five, but went 1-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Still, Buffalo built an early 2-0 lead against their IL North division rival.

Fernando Martinez’ sac fly in the first inning gave the Bisons the lead and Pawtucket pitcher Michael Bowden hit Chris Carter with the bases loaded in the third for the 2-0 edge.

From that point on, the PawSox took over. Jimenez’s homer in the bottom of the third tied the score. An inning later, Aaron Bates and Dusty Brown drew walks in front of Nava’s triple. Nava then scored on Bubba Bell’s sac fly.

Buffalo brought the tying run to plate with no outs in the ninth against former Bisons’ reliever Fernando Cabrera. But after Ruben Tejada and Jason Pridie got aboard, Cabrera retired three straight to earn the save.

The loss for the Herd went to Tobi Stoner (0-2). He walked five and gave up five runs in six innings of work.

Fernando Martinez saw his nine-game hit streak came to an end. Martinez had averaged .308 (12-39) since April 12 but finished Friday night’s game 0-3 with 2RBI. Ruben Tejada finished the game 2-3 and now has six hits in his last 14 at-bats. Prior to the game, the Bisons placed Elmer Dessens on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

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