Around the minors 9.4.10

LEHIGH VALLEY 4, BUFFALO 3: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs used a three-run seventh to come from behind and upend the Buffalo Bisons in the final game of the 2010 series between the two International League North foes. The Bisons jumped on top early with a two-run first. After Jesus Feliciano doubled to lead off the game, Nick Evans drove him in on a double of his own. The next batter, Mike Cervenak, scored Evans with a hit and put the Herd up 2-0. Bisons starter Adam Pettyjohn kept the IronPigs off the board until opposing pitcher Brian Mazone helped himself out with an RBI double in the fourth inning. Things fell apart for Buffalo in the bottom of the seventh, with newly promoted reliever Manuel Alvarez on the hill. The big boppers of Lehigh Valley lit up the scoreboard with a three-run inning, including an RBI triple off the bat of Rich Thompson and a solo home run from John Mayberry Jr., his 15th long ball of the year. The Bisons will travel to Rochester for the final two games of the 2010 season, starting Sunday. With the loss, the Bisons dropped the season series with Lehigh Valley, 10-6. Evans had a big night at the plate in the loss, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI double. Sean Green threw two hitless innings of relief and struck out three. Boxscore

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Binghamton starter Robert Carson left due to injury in the fourth inning, but the bullpen pulled it together to lead the B-Mets past Harrisburg. Despite the loss, the Senators remain deadlocked with Bowie for the final playoff spot in the Western Division. Harrisburg (75-65) struck for a run in the first inning off Carson. Steve Lombardozzi worked a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Josh Johnson’s double. Jesus Valdez drove the runner home from third on a groundout to short, but that was all the Senators would manage as Johnson ran into a double play trying to take third on the groundout. Binghamton (66-74) rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. Brad Peacock walked a pair of hitters and was within an out of getting out trouble, but Brahiam Maldonado made the righty pay for his lack of command. Maldonado laced a triple over the head of right fielder Michael Burgess, clearing the bases and giving the B-Mets a 2-1 lead. Carson, who had faced one over the minimum through three innings, was knocked out of the game in the fourth. He hit Johnson with a pitch to start the inning. Valdez followed and lined one back up the middle that caught Carson in the left arm. He exited as result and gave way to Edgar Ramirez, who got out of the inning unscathed to keep the one-run lead intact. Eric Campbell upped the Binghamton lead to two runs with his sixth Double-A homer of the season. The third baseman lined a slider from Peacock over the wall in left with two outs in the fourth. Ramirez retired the first seven men he faced before allowing Johnson to reach with two outs in the sixth. Johnson dropped a bunt down in front of the mound that Ramirez fielded cleanly, but the hurler threw wild to first, allowing Johnson to reach on the error. After Valdez walked, Chris Marrero grounded a single through the right side to plate Johnson, bringing the Senators within 3-2. Elvin Ramirez replaced Edgar Ramirez in the seventh and carried the game into the ninth with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless work. Roy Merritt was summoned to get the final two outs. Though the southpaw walked the first man he faced, Merritt induced a game-ending double play to short from Edgardo Baez to notch his ninth save. Edgar Ramirez earned his sixth win with 2 2/3 innings on one-run relief. Peacock took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings. Boxscore


ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 2: Catcher Juan Torres provided both of Savannah's runs with a blast of a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning that made the score 6-2. It was the third home run for Torres in his last four games. The Tourists (40-28/69-68) built a 6-0 lead against Savannah starter Taylor Whitenton and reliever Guillaume Leduc, scoring single runs in the second, third and fifth innings against Whitenton and a pair in the sixth and one in the seventh against Leduc. With the win, Asheville stayed alive in the race for the postseason and the second-half championship. The Tourists remained a game and a half behind the Greenville Drive, which beat the Hickory Crawdads, 10-2, Saturday. One more Greenville win or one more Asheville loss would give Greenville the second-half title. The Gnats send left-hander Darin Gorski (5-8, 4.75) to the mound Sunday at 6:05 p.m. against left-hander Tyler Matzek (5-1, 2.95) for the Tourists. Boxscore

TRI-CITY 8, BROOKLYN 7: After winning their 50th game of the season on Friday, the Cyclones jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. However, that turned out to be Brooklyn's only lead of the game. Tri-City answered with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth. Although the Cyclones battled the Valley Cats, tying the game up twice -- once in the fourth and later on in the eighth -- they came up short after Tri-City pulled ahead in the top of the ninth. The Valley Cats kept their playoff hopes alive, moving a half-game ahead of the Connecticut Tigers in the Stedler Division. Second baseman J.B. Brown delivered clutch hits in the fourth and eighth innings, and finished up with a 4-for-5, two-RBI effort. Brown also picked up his fourth triple of the season in the seventh inning. First baseman Jeff Flagg collected three hits, one of which was an RBI double in the seventh that shortened Tri-City's lead to one run. Right fielder Will Cherry launched his fifth home run of the season. Right-hander Jonathan Kountis made his fourth start of the season, but struggled early and was removed after only lasting 3 2/3 innings. Right-handers Michael Weldon, Brian Needham and Ryan Fraser finished the game, yielding three runs, with Fraser eventually taking the loss after giving up a run in the ninth. Despite the run, Fraser's ERA on the season stands at just 1.44. The Cyclones wrap up the regular season Sunday by taking on the Valley Cats at 5 p.m. Boxscore

Compiled from team reports