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BUFFALO 11, COLUMBUS 4: The Herd completed its 27th come-from-behind victory, rallying from a four-run deficit. Buffalo entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing the team with the second-best record in the league, 4-0. The Herd would score two runs in the seventh. The Bisons then came to the plate in the eighth and unleashed on the Clippers. The Herd erupted for nine runs in the inning. Second baseman Justin Turner started off the rally when he hit his seventh home run. The next six batters then reached base. The streak of seven batters reaching base was broken up when catcher J.R. House popped up to give the Bisons their first out. The Herd would have three more baserunners get aboard before Clippers pitcher Zach Putnam struck out Nick Evans and Fernando Martinez to finally stop the bleeding. It was only the fourth time the Bisons scored nine runs in a single inning in the history of Coca-Cola Field. In the nine-run eighth, Jorge Padilla, Luis Hernandez and Ruben Tejada all had base hits. Lucas Duda had two singles and Turner had his home run and added a three-run double after the Bisons batted around in the order. The meltdown from the Clippers bullpen negated an excellent start from left-hander and ex-Bison Jeremy Sowers. Sowers, the Bisons Pitcher of the Year in 2006, tossed five scoreless innings and allowed one hit while striking out five. Opposing Sowers was a candidate for the Bisons Pitcher of the Year for this season and the Bisons lone All-Star Selection, Pat Misch. The lefty gave up two early runs before settling down following a 23-minute rain delay. Misch would then give up two more runs in the fifth before he exited in the seventh inning. The final line for Misch: four runs over 6 2/3 innings while allowing 10 hits. Misch also struck out eight, tying his season high, which he also achieved July 26 against Toledo. Jose De La Torre was awarded the win for his 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief. De La Torre (2-1) relieved Misch in the seventh and although he walked three batters he did not allow a run to score. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis debuted after being promoted from Double-A Binghamton. The Bisons also announced right-hander Brian Bruney has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 3. Nieuwenhuis, 22, was an Eastern League All-Star for Binghamton and hit .289 (114-for-394) with 35 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 60 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 81 runs scored in 94 games. With 53 extra-base hits on the season, Nieuwenhuis had six more extra-base hits than any other player in the league. The outfielder also ranked second in the E.L. in doubles and runs scored and third in total bases (203). A third-round selection in the 2008 draft, he was named a Florida State League All-Star with St. Lucie last year, in his first full pro season. Bruney has not pitched since July 27. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in nine starts with the Bisons. Boxscore

HARRISBURG 7. BINGHAMTON 1: Jose Coronado smashed a first-inning leadoff homer and followed it up with two more hits for a season-high three-hit night, but Binghamton was swept in the three-game set. Harrisburg (59-53) already had captured the lead in the top of the first inning when Josh Johnson teed off on Chris Schwinden’s 2-1 fastball, sending it out of the yard to right-center. It was Johnson’s third homer of the season and made it 1-0. Binghamton (54-58) evened the score in the home half of the frame when Coronado went deep against left-hander Tom Milone. Coronado has now smashed a career-high six homers during the 2010 season. However, Milone would shut down the B-Mets from there. The lefty struck out 12 over 6 1/3 innings and held the B-Mets to seven hits en route to his eighth win. The Senators took the lead for good in the third. With one on and one out, Marvin Lowrance doubled to deep center, putting two men in scoring position for Chris Marrero. Marrero proceeded to bloop a single to right-center, plating Johnson and vaulting Harrisburg into a 2-1 lead. Jesus Valdez added another run with a single. Valdez knocked Schwinden out of the game in the fifth with an RBI double after Marrero led off the frame with a single, pushing the Senators’ lead to 4-1. Schwinden was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on a season-high 10 hits over four-plus innings. Ofilio Castro topped off the inning with an RBI double off reliever Eddie Kunz, creating a four-run margin. Harrisburg would add single runs in the sixth and the ninth. Milone combined with three other relievers to strike out 17 men, the highest total against the B-Mets. Sean Ratliff joined Coronado with a three-hit day. Luke Montz added two hits in his first game with Binghamton since May 4. Boxscore

TAMPA 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Boxscore

ROME 1, SAVANNAH 0: The Rome Braves swept the four-game series. Braves starter Willie Kempf picked up his first win of the season after pitching six scoreless innings. Relievers Wilton Estavez and Steven Kent combined to preserve the shutout. The start of the game was delayed 64 minutes due to heavy rain. The Braves scored the lone run in the fifth inning. Edward Salcedo led off with a base hit and scored when Matt Weaver reached on a bunt single followed by a throwing error from pitcher Collin McHugh. Rome's Kempf picked up the win, while McHugh suffered the loss. Kent earned the save. Boxscore


BROOKLYN 14, BATAVIA 4: Outfielders Darrell Ceciliani and Cory Vaughn propelled the Cyclones with back-to-back home runs in the first inning and the offense never looked back. Brooklyn finished the game with a season-high 20 hits, including seven extra-base hits. The fleet-footed Ceciliani fell a triple short of the cycle while producing a career-high four RBIs. His home run in the first inning was his first of the season and third of his career. The game marked the eighth time in which Ceciliani has registered three hits and fourth time he has scored three runs in a ballgame this year. Vaughn crushed his 11th home run and notched his 41st RBI in the first inning. He now sits two home runs and five RBIs shy of the single-season Cyclones records with 29 games remaining. Shortstop Rylan Sandoval, catcher Blake Forsythe and third baseman Brian Harrison also contributed to the hit parade, collecting three hits apiece. Left-hander Chris Hilliard (7-1) earned his league-leading seventh win, surrendering four runs on five hits over five innings. Hilliard is now two wins shy of the Cyclone win record, but will not start again until after the New York-Penn League All-Star break next week. Right-hander Daniel Carela relieved Hilliard and threw two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73. Southpaw Hamilton Bennett entered in the eighth inning and allowed a single while striking out two. Flamethrower Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless ninth inning to cement the victory. Boxscore

GCL METS 6, GCL MARLINS 1: Juan Urbina allowed an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. Boxscore

Compiled from team reports