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Stallings’ Big Hit Keeps Tribe Hot, Winning Fifth Straight Game

INDIANAPOLISJacob Stallings had a four RBI night on Saturday, capped by a game-winning three-run double, leading the Indianapolis Indians (57-47) to a fifth straight win.

Indy successfully came from behind for a third game in a row, this time rallying from a run down to snag a 6-4 victory over the Buffalo Bisons (46-54). The Tribe’s first place lead in the IL West stretches to a season-high three games after Saturday’s results, as the Columbus Clippers were swept in a doubleheader and the Toledo Mud Hens lost in their ballgame as well.

The Indians got the night started by scoring single runs in Saturday’s first three innings.

Stallings got things rolling in the first, grounding into a run-producing double play. Ryan Lavarnway made it 2-0 in the second, smoking a 423-foot homer to center field. And in inning number three, Stallings picked up his first RBI of the night by doubling home Chris Bostick.

Buffalo had a response versus Indianapolis starting pitcher Mitch Keller, though, taking over the lead by the fourth inning.

Two hits, a pickoff error and a productive groundout got the Bisons two runs in the third. Then in the fourth, another error fueled Buffalo’s offensive attack. A throwing error from Kevin Kramer at second base got the Bisons first run of the frame in, while a two-out single from Darnell Sweeney score the visitors’ second run.

Keller ended up working five innings for the Tribe, but Buffalo owned a 4-3 advantage by the time his night was over. The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ top prospect finished up with a final line of four runs allowed (two earned) on six hits and one walk.

Saturday’s score remained locked up at 4-3 until the seventh, when Stallings struck with his heroics.

Back-to-back one-out singles got Indy going in the inning, but a fly out from Max Moroff left the home team with just one out to work with. Bostick was able to draw a five-pitch walk to keep the seventh alive for the Indians, bringing Stallings up to bat. Indy’s catcher came through in a big way, ripping a 3-1 pitch to center that drove in all three runners and won the game for Indianapolis.

The Indians and Bisons will once again play two at Victory Field on Sunday. Game one of the doubleheader begins at 12:35 p.m. with the second getting underway 30 minutes after game one is decided.

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