Rally in 9th leads to win

The Bisons scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to snap their three-game losing streak and collect an 8-7 victory over the Bats on Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Jacobs forced in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly and Elmer Dessens made the late lead stand up to earn his fifth win of the season.

The Herd trailed 7-5 heading into the final frame as the Bats attempted a comeback rally of their own. Louisville erased a 5-3 deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh.

But it was Buffalo who scored last. Ruben Tejada singled to lead off the ninth off closer Jon Adkins and newcomer Tony Maccani doubled off the wall in left field. Andy Green and Jason Pridie followed with back-to-back RBI-singles to tie the score.

Jesus Feliciano sacrificed the runners over and Jacobs hit a soft liner to shallow centerfield. Louisville’s Chris Burke made the sliding catch, but couldn’t recover in time as Green scored easily from third base for the game-winning run.

Jacobs got the Bisons scoring started with a solo home run in the first inning. Mike Hessman hit his 10th homer of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Bisons a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning. Hessman has 38 RBI in Buffalo’s 32 games played.

Dessens worked the eighth and ninth innings to improve to 5-0 on the season. He struck out a pair. Dillon Gee started for Buffalo and allowed six runs in 6.2 innings of work.

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