BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Indianapolis Indians‘ (68-54) five-game winning streak ended in interesting fashion on Wednesday.
The Tribe erased a 4-0 deficit with two runs each in the eighth and ninth, but the Buffalo Bisons (55-68) ultimately reclaimed their lead and walked off in the tenth for a 5-4 victory at Coca-Cola Field.
Nick Kingham served as Indy’s starting pitcher on Wednesday night. The Bisons finally cooled off the red-hot righty a bit.
Kingham entered the game with wins in each of his past four starts, posting a microscopic 0.88 ERA (three earned runs in 30 2/3 innings), but Buffalo ensured he did not make it five wins in a row. The Bisons compiled nine hits against Kingham in his six frames of work, plating a pair of runs.
Buffalo knocked in a couple of more runs in the seventh against Indians reliever Angel Sanchez, taking a four-run advantage into the top of the eighth.
Bisons lefty Brett Oberholtzer silenced Indy’s bats for seven straight innings to start his night, but the Tribe finally got to him in the eighth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Danny Ortiz sliced Buffalo’s lead in half with a two-run single.
In the ninth, Chris Bostick led things off with a single. With one out in the inning, Jacob Stallings doubled and brought Bostick all the way around to make it a one-run ballgame. Then with two outs, Kevin Newman was able to tie the score at 4-4 with a clutch single to center.
After Indianapolis went down in order in the top of the tenth, Buffalo quickly ended the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Edgar Santana climbed the mound for the Indians, but it only took two Bisons batters to walk off. Rowdy Tellez led off with a single and after a wild pitch moved him up into scoring position, Teoscar Hernandez ripped a game-winning single up the middle.
The Tribe and Bisons will go at it one last time on Thursday, with a series win on the line. First pitch from Buffalo is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. with Tyler Glasnow (8-0, 1.57 ERA) expected to toe the rubber for Indianapolis.
The Columbus Clippers also suffered an extra inning loss on Wednesday, meaning that Indy’s lead in the International League West division standings sits still at 5 1/2 games.