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Around the minors 6.15.10

BUFFALO 7, LEHIGH VALLEY 3: In his second career Triple-A game, left fielder Lucas Duda had a key two-run triple to extend the Herd's lead in the fifth inning. Duda's extra-base hit provided two of the Bisons four runs. Duda sent his second hit as a Bison to right as it bounced over the Iron Pigs right fielder John Mayberry Jr.'s head, allowing him to reach third and scoring first baseman Mike Jacobs and third baseman Mike Cervenak. Another newcomer to the Herd provided some offense for the Bisons to work with, too. After recently returning from Double-A Binghamton, right fielder Jonathan Malo also hit a triple to right that was good enough to drive home catcher Josh Thole. Thole, who went 2-for-4 on the night, has recently been a hitting machine for the Herd. After going 3-for-3 Monday night, Thole had his ninth multi-hit game in his last 18 games Tuesday and has been hitting .431 since May 18. The Bisons received a solid outing from starting pitcher Dylan Owen as well. Owen threw five innings while giving up six hits and allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He struck out three in his sixth start of the season. Owen even helped out his own cause at the plate. In the second inning, Owen hit a soft liner to center field that drove home Malo, giving him his first RBI of the season. The starting pitching by Owen was helped out by the excellent effort from the Herd's bullpen. Between relievers Jose De La Torre, Adam Pettyjohn and Manny Acosta the bullpen allowed only three hits in the four innings after Owen left. Pettyjohn did the bulk of the work for the bullpen as he threw two innings of relief and struck out three. The win for the Bisons now brings their record to 35-31, while the Iron Pigs dropped to 25-40. The Bisons will have an off day Wednesday before starting a four-game series with the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday. Boxscore

RICHMOND 5, BINGHAMTON 2: Clayton Tanner retired the first eight hitters he faced on his way to a six-inning quality start. Binghamton has now lost four in a row and 15 of its last 19 road games. D.J. Wabick recorded two hits and drove in a run to lead the B-Mets, who outhit the Flying Squirrels, 8-7, in the loss. Binghamton starter Mike Antonini faced one over the minimum through the first three innings, holding the Flying Squirrels hitless. The B-Mets bats got to Tanner in the fourth. Nick Evans led off the inning with a single to right. With one out, Marshall Hubbard hit a high chopper over the head of first baseman Michael Ambort for a single, moving Evans up to third. Omir Santos got Binghamton on the board with an RBI double just inside the line at third, plating Evans. Wabick plated the B-Mets final run with a sacrifice fly to left. Richmond (31-33) took command in the following half-inning. Antonini came out flat in the fourth, issuing a walk to Brandon Crawford. Then, Thomas Neal chased Crawford home with a double into the left-field corner, his team-leading 16th of the season. Conor Gillaspie followed Neal with a single to put runners at the corners. After Michael Ambort struck out, Nick Noonan roped a ground-rule double over the head of Hubbard in left, scoring Neal to tie the score at two. Clay Timpner put the Flying Squirrels ahead for good, 3-2, with a sacrifice fly to left. Antonini ran into trouble again in the fifth. Darren Ford opened the inning with a double, his 12th. Crawford moved him to third with a groundout and Ford scored with two out on a Gillaspie single, upping the lead to 4-2. Antonini failed to reach five innings for just the second time this season, and for the first time since his 2010 debut, April 11. The southpaw was charged with the loss after permitting three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He walked a season-high three batters. Tanner, in contrast, walked just one over six strong innings. The lefty limited Binghamton to two runs on six hits to claim his fourth win. The Squirrels added a run of insurance in the eighth against reliever Eddie Kunz courtesy of another Timpner sac fly, after Kunz allowed the first two men to reach. Tony Pena Jr. and Rafael Cova tossed the final three innings to nail down the win for Richmond. Pena was superb in two innings, striking out a pair of men and Cova fired a 1-2-3 ninth for his 12th save. Boxscore

BRADENTON 13, ST. LUCIE 1: Jeurys Familia got the start for the Mets looking for his first win of the season. After retiring the first six batters he faced the Marauders got to Familia. The first five hitters of the third inning reached base while recording only one hit. Bradenton plated five runs in the frame -- putting the game all but out of reach. Marauders pitcher Brian Leach shut down the Mets’ offense. Leach tossed seven scoreless inning, allowing only four hits while striking out eight batters. Trailing 11-0 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Mets finally got on the board. Wilfredo Tovar singled in Raul Reyes for the lone Mets run. Reliever Jimmy Johnson surrendered a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to cap off the scoring. Boxscore

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 1: The Savannah Sand Gnats scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. The win, combined with Augusta’s 4-3 loss in Charleston, moves the Gnats back into a tie for first place with the GreenJackets with five games to play in the season’s first half. The Gnats finish the half with four games at Augusta Thursday-Sunday that will help determine the first-half champion. The Gnats won their third straight game and their seventh in their last eight contests. With the score tied at 1, with one out and runners at second and third in the bottom of the seventh inning, first baseman Michael Fisher blooped a single into shallow center field. It easily scored DH Nick Santomauro from third to give the Gnats a 2-1 lead. While second baseman Alonzo Harris was thrown out at the plate on the play, Fisher alertly hustled up to second. Shortstop Wilmer Flores followed with a clean single into right field to chase home Fisher and put Savannah ahead 3-1. Gnats starter Jimmy Fuller yielded just one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. Erik Turgeon picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Michael Powers induced three groundball outs in a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. The Gnats scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning when third baseman Jefry Marte tripled down the left-field line to drive home left fielder Juan Lagares. Boxscore

Compiled from team reports