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Around the minors 8.29.11

BUFFALO 6, ROCHESTER 5: Home runs from Triple-A rookies Jordany Valdespin and Raul Reyes helped the Bisons defeat the Red Wings. Salomon Manriquez added a three-run double and Chris Schwinden picked up his eighth win as Buffalo completed the two-game sweep. Valdespin got the team going right away, depositing Eric Hacker's first pitch of the night into the Bully Hill Party Deck. The blast was Valdespin's second Triple-A long ball and extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the second inning, Manriquez emptied the bases when he doubled down the left-field line. Josh Satin, Luis Hernandez and Bubba Bell all scored to give Buffalo a 4-1 lead. After Rochester rallied to tie the score, Reyes led off the fifth with a massive home run. The eventual game-deciding run came across in the sixth inning when Hernandez tripled and scored on a sac fly from pinch hitter Luis Figueroa. Schwinden improved to 8-7. The righty struck out six and allowed four runs in six innings. Dale Thayer worked the ninth inning for the third consecutive night to earn his 21st save. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 5: The B-Mets have won 10 of 11 and lead the Eastern League with 18 August wins. Facing Casey Crosby for the fourth time this season, the B-Mets struck first. Brahiam Maldonado led off the second inning with his team-leading 26th homer. Erie struck back in their half. B-Mets starter Matt Harvey issued a pair of walks to start the frame. After a fielder’s choice, Michael Rocket ripped a hard groundball to third that eluded Michael Fisher. The hit brought home Bryan Pounds to tie the score. Brent Wyatt followed with a sharp grounder to second that Jon Malo could not corral. The ball rolled into right, allowing Bryan Holaday to score to give Erie a 2-1 lead. Binghamton jumped on Crosby in the fourth. Niuman Romero singled and Matt den Dekker followed by shooting a single through the hole on the right side. Malo then delivered a two-run double. Juan Lagares sent a single back up the middle, extending his hitting streak to 18 games and plating Malo. Lagares came home later in the inning on Fisher’s bloop single. Fisher’s hit chased Crosby. Trailing 5-2, the SeaWolves scratched out a run in the fourth. Justin Henry roped a one-out single, advanced to second on Pounds’ single and scored when Harvey uncorked a wild pitch, his first of two in the inning. The B-Mets were baffled by Erie reliever Luis Marte, who struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, but did not give up a run, to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 14. Harvey settled down after the third. The righty put up a perfect fourth. He worked around a two-out walk en route to a scoreless fifth. Harvey exited after five innings, having allowed three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking four. Piggybacking starter Brandon Moore came on in the sixth for his first relief outing this season. He allowed a leadoff single to Holaday, but retired the next three hitters. Moore again worked around a leadoff single in the seventh. Binghamton added insurance in the eighth on doubles by Eric Campbell and Dusty Ryan. Later that inning, den Dekker sent a chopper to shortstop. Cale Iorg charged and made an errant throw to first that allowed Ryan to score for a 7-3 lead. Erie plated two runs in the eighth. Rawley Bishop and Holaday launched consecutive pitches from Moore over the left-field fence to cut the lead to 7-5. The Arizona Fall League-bound Moore locked things down and retired the next three batters he faced in the eighth. Moore returned for the ninth and needed five pitches to retire the side and earn his first save. Harvey collected his fifth straight win. Left-hander Robert Carson (4-11, 4.99) opposes right-hander Trevor Feeney (0-0, 4.50) Tuesday. Box

BRADENTON 11, ST. LUCIE 3: Kyle Allen surrendered nine runs (five earned) in five innings. St Lucie committed four errors -- by Rylan Sandoval, Wilmer Flores, Cory Vaughn and Jefry Marte. Box

CHARLESTON 9, SAVANNAH 6: Down 7-0 in the second inning, the Gnats rallied to put the tying run at third in the fifth, but could not draw even. The Gnats’ loss, coupled Augusta’s win at Greenville, puts the ‘Jackets percentage points ahead of the Gnats (37-27/76-57) for first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. The Gnats, who won the first half, will face the second-half winner in the first round of the playoffs. If Savannah wins the second half, it will face the team with the second-best overall record -- currently Greenville. The RiverDogs (26-38/52-82) chased Savannah starter Gonzalez Germen with seven runs on 10 hits in just 1 1/3 innings Monday. With one out in the second inning, seven batters in a row reached safely against Germen in what became a six-run inning. The big hit was a three-run double from Kelvin De Leon, who finished 2-for-5 with two run-scoring doubles and four RBIs. Down 7-0 heading to the bottom of the second, the Gnats made the game close with six unanswered runs over the next four innings. In the second inning, Darrell Ceciliani tripled in a run. In the third, Blake Forsythe’s two-run single helped the Gnats score three times. In the fifth, Aderlin Rodriguez’s RBI double helped pull the Gnats within 7-6. However, the Gnats left the tying run at third in the frame. The RiverDogs added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings against Ryan Fraser. Wilfredo Tovar was 1-for-4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Gnats will play their final regular-season home game Tuesday with right-hander Taylor Whitenton (4-4, 2.55), who leads the SAL in ERA, on the mound. Box

KINGSPORT 4, BRISTOL 1: Starter Juan Urbina allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. Hansel Robles tossed the final 3 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion to earn his first save. Jonathan Clark had two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1

HUDSON VALLEY 7, BROOKLYN 0: Marco Camarena yielded a leadoff single in the first in Game 1, but avoided a big inning by retiring the next three batters. However, an inning later, Chris Winder launched an opposite-field homer. Camarena entered the game sporting a 1-0 record and 1.77 ERA in four starts in August. The Cyclones knotted the score at 1 in the fourth as Travis Taijeron connected on a double that plated Richard Lucas. For Taijeron, 22 of his 50 hits have gone for extra bases. Taijeron was a difference maker again as Brooklyn scored the go-ahead run in the sixth. With two outs, Lucas took first base on a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on Cole Frenzel’s walk before Taijeron laced a triple for a 3-1 lead. Nick Carr allowed a leadoff single but was aided by a 6-4-3 double play before striking out Kyle Holloway looking in the seventh to earn his first save. In Game 2, Brooklyn was unable to place a runner in scoring position until the seventh. Starter Eduardo Aldama (3-5) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Hudson Valley starter Jacob Partridge (3-6) earned the win after tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Danny Muno singled to lead off the bottom of the first, but was promptly erased on a double play. The single was only one of three hits the Cyclones mustered in the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports